This COVID-19 test went down the wrong tube
It seems the SARS-CoV-2 swab has graduated from brain-tickler to lung-tickler, according to a recent case from the UK.
A nurse was performing the test on a 51-year-old woman who had undergone brain surgery before her transfer to a nursing home.
The patient had a tracheostomy in place, and a mucosal swab was attempted through the tube.
However, during the process, the nurse felt the stylet snap — a design feature intended to allow the distal end to be sent off in a vial — with the swab falling into the trachea, she