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Bacterial Culture, aerobic culture only - Pleural Fluid

Source Pleural Fluid
Mnemonic M FLUID
Specimen Requirements See Body Fluid Collection Guidelines

Submit 1-5 mL fluid in anaerobic transport media (PRAS) or  sterile container.
Specimen Handling Transport ASAP (priority) unless requested STAT.
Store specimen at room temperature.
DO NOT refrigerate.
Additional Information

Fluids are best obtained using a needle and syringe.
DO NOT submit specimens in syringe, with or without needle attached.
DO NOT submit swabs of fluids.

Indicate Candida/Yeast on requisition if required.

If clinically indicated, specimen source suitable for
anaerobic culture.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 4 days.


Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s)

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