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Sterility Testing - Pharmacy Specimens

Source Pharmacy Specimens
Mnemonic M STERILE
Specimen Requirements

Specimens include:
Injectable fluids or swabs of fluids,
TPN or CIVA filters (Total Parenteral Nutrition).

Submit injectable fluids in sterile container.
Submit swabs of injectable fluid in Amies transport media.
May receive pre-inoculated thioglycollate broths received from the Isotope Laboratory.

Submit the entire TPN or CIVA Filter in a biobag.

Specimen Handling Store fluids received in sterile containers and on swabs at 4°C.
Pre-inoculated thioglycollate broths received from the Isotope Laboratory are incubated at 35°C on receipt.
Additional Information

Complete the CLS Microbiology Infection Surveillance Requisition (7828M).
Specify sample.

Attending Physician must be the Pharmacy location that sent the specimen.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 14 days.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
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