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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
ESwab or Green Top
Anaerobic and Aerobic Culture with Gram Stain
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Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 hours / 7 days (daily)    
When reported
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Important notes: ESwab is the required swab transport system. Submit fluid in geen top vacutainer tube; prep top of tube with alcohol pad for sterility. All anaerobic cultures include an aerobic culture and a gram stain automatically, Do not order them separately. Bone and tissue are always ordered as anaerobes. Sputum and catheter tips are never acceptable for anaerobic culture.

Rejection criteria: Swab or fluid not in anaerobic transport system, leaking container, submited in syringe, urine, sputum,catheter tip, unlableled or mislabeled specimen.
Transportation notes: within 2 hr, RT
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Specimen preparation: All specimens for Microbiology must be submitted ASAP to maximize yeild.

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Last revised 10/20/2014