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Lab Test Dictionary

Abdominal Culture

Specimen Type

See Below

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

5 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required

Fluid in sterile container or syringe.

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Submit fluid in a sterile container. Swabs are discouraged, but if only option for collection, submit in liquid Amies transport media (red-cap), or E-swab.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Transport to lab within 30 minutes of collection

Rejection Criteria

Formalin contamination or significant delay in tra

Test Volume Required

1.0 - 5.0 ml fluid

Minimum Test Volume

1.0 ml

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual.

Included Tests

Includes Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic culture.