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Synonyms Culture, Anaerobic
Description Diagnose anaerobic bacterial infections.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Anaerobic bacterial swab, capped syringe (without needle), and sterile plastic container (leakproof).
Specimen Type Aspirates, body fluids, tissues, or material collected from area without normal anaerobic flora.
Preferred Collection Volume
Minimum Collection Volume
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 Transport to lab within 30 minutes of collection. Anaerobe transport container at 20 - 25 C. Stability (collection to initiation of testing): Ambient: 2 days; refrigerated: 2 days; frozen: unacceptable.
Rejection Criteria Specimens from site with normal anaerobic flora, (including respiratory, genital, and rectal sites),nonsterile or leaking containers, or delayed transport to lab, catheter tips.
Methodology Stain/Culture/Identification
Reference Range Culture negative for anaerobes.
CPT Code(s) 87076
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph:214-633-4940
Turn Around TimeProsthetic joint cultures are held 14 days to rule out Propionibacterium spp.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
Notes If only anaerobic culture ordered, a corresponding aerobic culture will be added on automatically by reflex order.
Updated/Reviewed 02/22/2018