Fluid in capped syringe or sterile container
Submit fluid in a sterile leak-proof container without preservative or capped syringe. If only swabs can be obtained, submit in E-swab. Specimen submitted in other swab transport systems such as red-top culturette (Amie's transport media) are not suitable for anaerobic culture.
Transport to lab within 30 minutes of collection. E-swab within 48 hours of collection.
Formalin preservative, unlabeled or mislabeled specimen.
1 to 5 ml of fluid
Refer to microbiology processing manual
Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic culture.
Specimen submitted in swab transport systems OTHER than E-swab such as red-top culturette (Amie's transport media), are not suitable for anaerobic culture.