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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
ESwab or Sterile Jar
AFB Culture Concentration and Smear
5-10 mL.
Alternative name(s) Acid Fast, TB

Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 Hours / 7 days    
When reported
Sunday - Friday    
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Important notes: Respiratory specimens must be collected at least 8 hours apart, at least one early AM. Gastrics must be received within 3 hours of collection, patient must be fasting - Tissue submitted in sterile jar and Fluid in green tube or sterile jar.
Rejection criteria: Less than 5ml of respiratory specimen. ESwabs are acceptable for non respiratory specimens, no other swab system is acceptable. Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen.
Transportation notes: Within 2 hr, RT; 2-24 hr, 4C
Specimen preparation: Minimum amount repiratory specimen: bacteria greater than 1 ml, AFB 5 ml, Fungal greater than 1ml, PCP greater than 1ml

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Last revised 09/11/2013