Anaerobe Culture

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation: ANAC MIC2

Specimen Type: Sterile fluid (e.g. peritoneal), Wound, Abscess, Tissue

Tube Type: Eswab (1 Eswab can be used for both aerobe and anaerobe culture), or sterile specimen container

Collection Volume: Eswab / 1.0-2.0 mL fluid or pus

Cause for rejection: Specimen collected in nonsterile container. No swab in Eswab transport tube.

Storage: Ambient

Availability: Daily

Methodology: Culture

Special Instructions: An aerobic (routine) culture order should accompany any anaerobic culture order, since not all infections are caused by anaerobic bacteria. Do not order anaerobic cultures on specimens where anaerobic bacteria are normal flora such as vagina, throat, gastric, sputum, or bowel. Try to limit the specimens exposure to air. Order C. difficile by Amplification test on stool specimens for C. difficile toxin only.

OC Power Word: LCULTANAER

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8412

TAT: 5 days

Additional Info: Preliminary report available after 48 hours

CPT Code: 87075

Specimen Collection Procedures
Anaerobic (Bacterial Culture)
Wound Aerobic (Bacterial Culture)

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