Wound Culture, Aerobic Bacterial

Sunquest Code:WDC  
Epic Code:LAB503Epic Name:Wound Culture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code 03046000103 for an inpatient or 04046000103 for an Ambulatory patient.
Test Includes:Includes AEROBIC CULTURE ONLY. If desired, order additional tests separately: Anaerobic Culture, Fungal Culture, Gram Stain.
Turnaround Time:Performed 24 hours/day; results are reported within 3 days
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines, Fairview Range only: Wound Culture Collection Containers

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Wound swab
Container:CoPan ESwab with larger swab, See Collection Instructions (Culturette swab)
Collection Instructions:


UMMC, FRH, FSH, FLMC, FNH; Use CoPan Eswab

FRMC: Use culturette swab


1.     Clean wound surface with a sterile sponge and sterile water (not bacteriostatic saline).

2.     Preferred collection: To avoid normal skin flora, aspirate material with sterile syringe and needle or catheter. Swabs are not collection of choice. If there is little fluid, inject a small amount of sterile water and aspirate, and order Body Fluid Culture or Abscess Culture.

3.     Curettage specimen from the wound may be used.

4.     Indicate site of wound in Epic or on request form.


For Wound Culture Collection Containers, see Associated Links.


Contraindications:Culture only wounds which have been cleansed or debrided.

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 to normal skin flora.
Use:Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms.

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