when collecting a specimen for microbiologic analysis medical assistants should ask themselves 2 questions
in what way can I prevent contamination of the sample? and when can I do to protect myself from becoming infected while I collect this sample?
cleansing the areas to be sampled with an antiseptic opening sterile container only when necessary and never touching a sterile swab or collection device to a nosteril surface
wearing gloves and a disposable surgical mask or face shield while collecting a throat or sputum , urine