Body Fluid Culture, Aerobic

Sunquest Code:FLDC  
Epic Code:LAB269Epic Name:Fluid Culture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code 03046000097 for an inpatient or 04046000097 for an Ambulatory patient.
Synonyms:Fluid Culture, Body; Culture, Body Fluid; Amniotic Fluid; Ear Aspiration; Ear Fluid
Test Includes:Includes AEROBIC CULTURE ONLY for body fluids (other than CSF and urine). See specific Lab Guide entries for CSF Culture and Urine Culture. Anaerobic culture performed upon request. Requires anaerobic collection and transportation.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; preliminary results are reported within 24 hours; negative results are reported within 6 days.
Special Instructions:Specify the site of fluid. Specify if anaerobic culture is desired.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Body fluids (except CSF and urine)
Optimal Volume:3 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Syringe, sterile, no needle)
Collection Instructions:Collect in sterile container for routine aerobic culture. Use anaerobic container for anaerobic culture. Special Collection Technique: If percutaneous collection, prepare skin as for blood culture. Aspirate fluid with sterile syringe and needle. Expel air bubbles from syringe; inject sample into sterile container or anaerobic vial.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store at room temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Grand Itasca GICH)


Reference Range:No growth.
Use:Isolate and identify potential pathogens.

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