Lesion or drainage
Lesion or wound drainage
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.
Syringe or sterile cup: less than 30 minutes. E-swab: less than 48 hours.
Significant delay in transport, Formalin preservative, Viral transport media, dried material.
Refer to microbiology processing manual
Includes aerobic / anaerobic cultures and Gram stain. Culturette swabs (red-top) are not acceptable for anaerobic culture.