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Lab Test Dictionary

Body Fluid Culture

Specimen Type

Body Fluid

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

Upon receipt

Standard TAT

5 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Use for synovial/joint fluid, peritoneal dialysis fluid, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid. DO NOT USE FOR CSF, ABSCESS OR ABDOMINAL FLUID. Fluid is preferred specimen. Protect from air by capping syringe or using anaerobic transport media. Transport to Lab immediately. Includes aerobic/anaerobic culture and gram stain.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Test Volume Required


Minimum Test Volume


Processing Instructions

Refer to processing manual