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Aerobic & Anaerobic Cultures


Aerobic culture includes organism ID and sensitivities.
Anaerobic culture includes organism ID only.

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Sample Requirements:

  • Swab in aerobic or anaerobic transport media;
  • Tissue in a sterile container with a few drops of sterile saline;
  • Fluid in blood culture bottle;
  • Aspirated material in a capped syringe
    (needle must be removed and any air bubbles expelled)

Turn Around Time:

3 – 4 business days for negative results; longer depending on growth

Collection Protocol:

  • Collect specimens prior to antimicrobial therapy if possible.
  • Storage: Refrigerate swab if transport will be delayed over
    48 hours.
  • Refrigerate tissue and fluid; ship on ice.
  • Indicate the source of the specimen, clinical history,
    antimicrobial therapy (for follow-up test), and suspected
    disease on the submission form.

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