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BACTERIA CULTURE, AEROBIC, ABSCESS /EXUDATE /ULCER/ WOUND

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code MSM, MNS
Performed by? Microbiology (Bacteriology)
Sendout? no
Price range $$-$$$
In House Availability 7 days
Interpretation Wound infections and abscesses occur as complications of surgery, trauma or disease that may interrupt a mucosal or skin surface. The nature of the infecting flora depends on the underlying problem and the location of the process.
Collection Instructions Aspirate pus and fluids, expel air bubbles, and inject into anaerobic collection tube without injecting air into the tube. (Carbon dioxide filled anaerobic collection tubes are stocked on units, in OR and are available on request from Lab Support Services, 206-8199). The "anaerobe collection tube" will preserve aerobes and anaerobes.
Special instructions A single culture and smear should be obtained before treatment. Aspirate pus and fluids, expel air bubbles, and inject into anaerobic collection tube without injecting air into the tube. (Carbon dioxide filled anaerobic collection tubes are stocked on units, in OR and are available on request from Lab Support Services, 206-8199). The "anaerobe collection tube" will preserve aerobes and anaerobes. Obtain a tissue biopsy or send 2 swabs in transport medium. On the requisition, indicate the source of material and pertinent clinical data. A clinical diagnosis is very helpful in processing these cultures.
Synonyms Abscess Culture;Ulcer, Culture;
Stability Keep specimen in anaerobe tube and/or transport medium at room temperature, and refrigerate specimen in a sterile tube or cup until the next messenger pick- up.
References 1. Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 2nd ed., HD Isenberg Ed., Amer. Soc. for Microbiol., Washington DC, 2004.

2. Forbes, BA et al., Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, 11th Ed., Mosby, St. Louis MO, 2002.

3. Murray, PR et al., Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 9th Ed., ASM Press, Washington, DC, 2007.`
Last Updated 8/19/2009 1:18:40 PM
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