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ID:613 Fluid culture (e.g. drain fluids, ascites)
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DescriptionFluid like material obtained from sterile sites or from drains (e.g. abdominal, thoracic, bile or other wound drains) should be collected in a sterile universal container observing an aseptic technique when sampling. It is not advisable to sample fluid from the bag or drain reservoir. Instead a sample should be obtained from the drain using rubber ports if available.
Indication
Additional InfoProsthetic joints and other specific fluid types may take >8 days due to extended culture. Please state fluid type and collection conditions clearly on all requests.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna
Interpretation

DepartmentMicrobiology
SampleFluid
TubeUniversal Sterile
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsObserve aseptic sampling technique, avoiding sampling from the bag or drainage reservoir. Transport the sample to the laboratory as quickly as possible. Note: The recovery of anaerobes is compromised if the transport time exceeds 3 hours. Before Antibiotics if possible
Min. Vol1 mL
Freq.once

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Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
IP Acute TATSee Turnaround Comment
IP Routine TATSee Turnaround Comment
GP Acute TATSee Turnaround Comment
GP Routine TATSee Turnaround Comment
Turnround CommentCulture 8 days Fluid Microscopy including crystals will be available within 24 hours. If urgent result required please contact laboratory. Negative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : D Bennett. Review due on 23/07/2019 14:33:12. Published By K Roberts on 23/07/2018 14:33:12.