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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
ESwab or Sterile Jar
Routine Aerobic Bacterial Culture with Smear (Gram stain)
Alternative name(s)

Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 hours / 7 days (daily)    
When reported
Daily    
   
Sunquest code:
RCULWS
EPIC Code:
ROUTINE CULTURE WITH STAIN
   
Important notes: Use this test for all routine bacteriology cultures which also require a gram stain. Use this test for all fluids submitted in sterile container including CSF. Specimen source MUST be indicated. Any special organism request must be specified in COMMENT field. Do not use this test for Throat, GC, or Respiratory specimens. Do not order this test and Anaerobe (ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC CULTURE W/GRAM STAIN)
Rejection criteria: Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen, leaking container
Transportation notes: within 24hr RT
Specimen preparation: All specimens for Microbiology must be submitted ASAP to maximize bacterial recovery.

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Last revised 09/11/2013