Preferred specimen is surgically collected tissue submitted to lab within 30 minutes. If a delay in transport is anticipated, submit in E-swab within 48 hours of collection.
Fresh tissue in sterile container -- 30 minutes. E-swab -- less than 48 hours.
Significant delay in transport. Formalin contamination. Viral transport media. Red-top culturette swabs are discouraged and are unacceptable for anaerobe culture.
Refer to microbiology processing manual.
Culture includes aerobic / anaerobic workup and Gram stain. Red-top culturette swabs are unacceptable for anaerobic culture.