Specimen Requirements

Title

CULTURE, BODY FLUID (INCLUDES GRAM STAIN)

Specimen Requirement

Collect 1.0 mL body fluid in a sterile container. Do not refrigerate. Note: Specimen Source Is Required On Request Form For Processing. If anaerobes, fungus, AFB or virus cultures are desired, please see appropriate listing for additional volume and special requirements.

Methodology

Conventional culture technique.

Stability

Room Temp: 72 hours

Reference Range

By Report.

Turnaround

3 days.

Clinical Use

Isolation, identification, and sensitivity of bacteria.

Test Code

MISCU