Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Skin, hair, nails, sputum, vaginal washing
Small pieces of skin, nails or 1.0-2.0 mL of liquid specimen
Cause for rejection:
Specimen sent on dry swab, QNS
Small petri dishes can be used to transport pieces of skin, hair, or nails to laboratory for examination. These petri dishes are available from Microbiology (38412) upon request. LIMITATION : Cultures are generally more sensitive than smears. The KOH preparation may be negative while the culture may be positive.
If received after 1600, prep will be read next day
Fungal Smear; Microscopic Exam for Fungus