Item Value
Test name Gram Stain
Available Stat? Sterile sites 24x7, Non-sterile sites 7:30 AM-11:30 PM
Turn around times
STAT 1 hour
Routine Same or next day
In House Availability Daily

See information under 'Available stat?' for stat testing availability
Performed by
Routine orders Microbiology
STAT orders Hematology at Parnassus & Mission Bay


Note: Mount Zion STATs are performed by Microbiology at China Basin
Normal range
Container type
CSF CSF tube or sterile tube
Fluids Sterile tube
Tissue Anaerobic transport medium or sterile container if large
Swabs Amies charcoal transport medium
Urine Urine cup or red-top vacutainer tube
Sputum Clean container
Sample type Respiratory, urine*, genital, wound*, CSF**, body fluid**, unfixed tissue*

* considered 'sterile' if collected in the OR or by sterile means
** considered normally sterile sites

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