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ID:628 Skin swabs for bacterial culture
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DescriptionSwab samples from the surface of the skin can help isolate organisms that cause skin infections such as impetigo. They can also be used to rule out superinfection of eczematous areas. Occassionally they are used for surveillance cultures during outbreak investigations with multi-drug resistant nosocomial organisms. Please apply the swab to an area of skin that appears clinically infected. Automated liquid culture is used with manual plate reading
Indication Culture and sensitivity testing of organisms causing superficial skin infections
Additional Info
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

Sample* Not Specified *
TubeE Swab Pink
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Collection Conditions Shaft of inoculated swab is broken at coloured breakpoint into liquid tube and cap screwed tightly. Specimen will be rejected if: 1) No swab in tube 2) No liquid in tube 3) Viral Transport Media is used (Red top)
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IP Acute TAT6 days
IP Routine TAT6 days
GP Acute TAT6 days
GP Routine TAT6 days
Turnround CommentNegative results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.

Originally edited by : Dr M Denton. Review due on 01/12/2018 13:08:19. Published By K Roberts on 01/12/2017 13:08:19.