Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Tissue Culture

Test Name: Tissue Culture
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Tissue, biopsy
Collection Information: Skin Biopsy - Clean and disinfect the skin. Allow disinfectant to dry. Collect 3-4 mm sample with a dermal punch and place sample in a sterile container.
Note: Keep sample moist with a small amount of sterile, non-bacteriostatic saline while it is being transported to the Lab.

Deep Wounds - Clean and disinfect the area. Allow disinfectant to dry. Avoid contamination from wound surface. Collect tissue sample by scalpel and place tissue in anaerobic transport media.

A swab that was rubbed over the surface of the tissue is not an appropriate specimen.
Test Schedule: Daily
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 days
Gram stain: 1 hour
Reference Range:  
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Revised Date:  
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Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing: If anaerobes or fungus are suspected, please order appropriate tests.

Please indicate on orders any other special requests.
Comments: Clinical history is important for adequate testing.
Method of Analysis: Microscopic, culture
Critical Information Required: Specify sample site/source.
Storage & Shipment: The specimen must be stored at room temperature.

The specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection.
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