A unique method for obtaining cultures

At my ED, the techs are often relegated the task of obtaining the GC/chlamydia culture specimens from male patients with appropriate symptoms.  Male techs, male patients, no problem.

Recently, I asked one of the more-experienced techs if he had difficulty with the procedure:

"No, I don’t do it".


"I hand the stick to them, and have them do it themselves".


"I tell them, you stuck it in; you stick it in".

Aah.  Interesting.


  1. Great idea!

    Research has shown that women are just as good at getting their own vaginal sepcimens for gc/chlamydia, and that these specimens are as good, if not better at detecting infection than cervical specimens obtained by the doctor.