Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Anaerobic Culture

Test Name: Anaerobic Culture
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Aspirates of abscesses, lesions or sinus, biopsies/tissues, body fluids.
Collection Information: The Anaerobic Transport system collection container MUST be used (black lid).

DO NOT USE the Starswab with the pink lid. Samples received in this transport system wil be rejected. Aspirates and fluids should be collected aseptically by needle and injected into anaerobic transport media.

Biopsies and tissues should be submerged in anaerobic transport media.

Aspirated fluid, biopsy or tissue is preferred to a swab. Swabs show significantly lower recovery rates than biopsies or aspirates.

Deliver to lab immediately. Do NOT refrigerate.
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
10 days
Gram Stain: 1 hour
Reference Range:  
Effective Date: 2008-04-02
Revised Date: 2011-11-08
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing: See Blood Culture - Aerobic/Anaerobic
Comments: Specimens which contain normal anaerobic flora or those likely to be contaminated with anaerobic flora will not be processed. For example, sputum, faeces, vaginal, and mouth specimens are not acceptable.

Samples sent on swabs are inferior to actual fluids or tissues.
Method of Analysis: Microscopy,culture
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: The specimen must be stored at room temperature.

The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection.
System Codes: 
Referred To:  

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