Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Ear, eye, skin, cath tip, body fluid, dialysate, tissue
1 swab or 0.5 mL fluid or 1 gram tissue
Cause for rejection:
Specimen collected in nonsterile container. No swab sent in Eswab transport tube.
Requisition or audit trail must specify site (e.g. right eye) of specimen along with important information regarding patient diagnosis (e.g. animal bite). If physician's orders state that the laboratory culture is for a specific organism, include this information on the requisition or audit trail. Deliver to laboratory immediately.
Preliminary report available after 24 hours