Skin Culture

Sunquest Code:SKC  
Epic Code:LAB3744Epic Name:Skin Culture Aerobic Bacterial
Test Includes:Culture for aerobic flora.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 3 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Skin, swab or scraping
Container:CoPan ESwab with larger swab, Culturette swab (Plastic leakproof container, sterile, CoPan ESwab with smaller swab, See Collection Instructions)
Collection Instructions:UMMC, FRH, FSH, FNH, FLH: Use CoPan Eswab. FRMC: Use culturette swab

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)


Reference Range:No growth to normal skin flora.
Use:Isolate and identify bacteria associated with pyoderma, eg, Staphylococcus aureus and group A Streptococcus. If clinical findings are suggestive, lesion scrapings or aspirates can be separately requested for fungal or mycobacterial cultures.

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