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Bacterial Culture, aerobic culture only - Aspirate

Source Aspirate
Mnemonic M WOUND or MFLUID (depending on site)
Specimen Requirements

Acceptable specimen: aspirated purulent material from deep (> 1 cm) within abscess or wound.
Submit specimen in Amies transport media.


Alternatively, transfer specimen to a sterile container,

Specimen Handling

Store specimen at room temperature.
DO NOT refrigerate.

DO NOT submit specimen in syringe, with or without needle attached.

Additional Information

Indicate Candida/Yeast on requisition if required.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 2 - 4 days.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
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