E-swab or smear from specimen for bacterial culture
Specimen container, E-swab
1 swab or 0.5 mL liquid specimen
Cause for rejection:
Specimen sent in nonsterile container. Specimen sent on dry swab.
Gram stain slides may be prepared at the bedside by the physician except for sputum, tracheal aspirate, wound, CSF, body fluids, or urine. Smears on these specimen types will be prepared in the laboratory. An E-swab should be sent for gram stain for those specimens where a swab is appropriate for culture.
OC Power Word:
2 hours CSF, all other stains read by day shift Microbiology staff
Bacterial Stain; Direct Stain for Bacteria