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Components Culture
Synonyms Culture, Bacterial, Abcess Culture, Wound
Description Routine culture without Gram stain.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile-capped syringe (without needle), sterile tube, container (leakproof).
Specimen Type Abscess, aspirate, exudate, drainage, wound, source of specimen is required.
Preferred Collection Volume 1 gram to 10 mL
Minimum Collection Volume 1 gram to 5 mL
Collection Instructions Sterile Site Including Tissue
•Each specimen should be accompanied by their own separate order in EPIC and requisition for AP specimens.
•Separate specimens needs to be collected for the following areas in the following order;
•Microbiology (Sterile collection)
•Anatomic Pathology
•Surgical Pathology
•Tissue Collection Procedure
•Tissue should be collected in a clean, sterile container with a small amount of sterile saline.
•If a delay in transport or processing is anticipated, the specimen should be kept at 4 degree Celsius
Specimen Handling Refrigerated specimens are not recommended for recovery of some fastidious organisms such as Neisseria spp.
Rejection Criteria Nonsterile or leaking containers. Syringes with needle attached, dry materials and dry swabs.
Methodology Stain/Culture/Identification
Reference Range Normal Flora.
CPT Code(s) 87077
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph: 214-633-4940
Turn Around Time1-3 days; Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected; Preliminary: negative at 1 & 2 day(s); Final: negative at 3 days.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
Notes Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on significant isolates. Anaerobe culture is recommended for deep wound/surgical cultures.
Updated/Reviewed 02/22/2018