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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information


ESwab or Sterile Jar


Routine Aerobic Bacterial Culture


Alternative name(s)


Lab section




When performed

24 hours / 7 days



When reported







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Important notes:

Use this test is for all routine bacteriology cultures without a gram stain. 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 (CULTURE,ANAEROBE/AEROBE/STAIN)

Rejection criteria:

Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen, leaking container

Transportation notes:

within 24 hr RT

Transportation devices:

Specimen preparation:

All specimens for Microbiology must be submitted ASAP to maximize bacterial recovery.




MCL Web resources

Specimen packaging pages

Reference lab 

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Last revised 10/20/2014