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ID:872 Other Bacterial culture investigations
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DescriptionIn addition to wounds, there are many circumstances where testing may be required for other sites. An example of this would be an investigation of balanitis with a penile swab, or there may be devices such as IUCD which require testing. (Note that IUCDs are only processed if the patient has suspected PID or other inflammatory condition). For specific advice please contact the laboratory (Ext 23962). Swabs for bacterial culture should be taken using a pink E-Swab, (or if a small swab is required, an orange E-Swab), as with wound swabs. If you are uncertain regarding what sample(s) you need to send, please contact the laboratory to seek advice.
Indication Investigation of possible infection
Additional InfoIf pus is present, please send 1ml pus in a universal container, as this is the preferred sample, rather than a swab.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna
Interpretation Interpretive guidance may be added to the report by the Microbiologist, if relevant.

TubeE Swab Pink and Orange
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsShaft 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) 4) Aptima swab is use
Min. Vol

Ref. Range (Male)
Ref. Range (Female)
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes
Units - Not Defined -
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 13:06:20. Published By K Roberts on 01/12/2017 13:06:20.