Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Sterile fluid (e.g. peritoneal), Wound, Abscess, Tissue
Eswab (1 Eswab can be used for both aerobe and anaerobe culture), or sterile specimen container
Eswab / 1.0-2.0 mL fluid or pus
Cause for rejection:
Specimen collected in nonsterile container. No swab in Eswab transport tube.
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:
Preliminary report available after 48 hours