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Lab Test Dictionary

Wound Culture

Specimen Type

Lesion or drainage

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

5 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required

Lesion or wound drainage

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Collect material in sterile container, syringe, or E-swab. Aspirate deepest portion of lesion or drainage (pus) into a syringe or sterile container and submit to lab within 30 minutes of collection. If a delay in transport is anticipated, collect specimen in E-swab and submit to lab within 48 hours.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Syringe or sterile cup: less than 30 minutes. E-swab: less than 48 hours.

Rejection Criteria

Significant delay in transport, Formalin preservative, Viral transport media, dried material.

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual

Included Tests

Includes aerobic / anaerobic cultures and Gram stain. Culturette swabs (red-top) are not acceptable for anaerobic culture.