Bone or Joint Tissue
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.
Unlabeled or mislabeled specimens. Significant delay in transport.**Specimens collected on swabs are discouraged**
Refer to Microbiology processing manual
Gram stain, aerobic and anaerobic bacterial cultures.