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Lab Test Dictionary

Bone/Joint Culture

Specimen Type


Performing Lab


Epic ID


Lab Test Days

Upon receipt

Standard TAT

5 days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

Bone or Joint Tissue

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

If bone fragments - place in a sterile container. If aspirated with needle and syringe, protect specimen from air by capping syringe or using anaerobic transport media. Transport to laboratory immediately.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Rejection Criteria

Unlabeled or mislabeled specimens. Significant delay in transport.**Specimens collected on swabs are discouraged**

Processing Instructions

Refer to Microbiology processing manual

Included Tests

Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic bacterial cultures.