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  Abscess Routine Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as Abscess Culture, Pus Culture, Body Site Culture



Specimen requirements: BBL Cultureswab Plus
  or: Syringe
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: 2 swabs or syringe with 1.0 mL fluid
Absolute minimum amount: 1 swab or syringe with 0.5 mL fluid
Method of collection: Pus properly obtained from an abscess with swabs or syringe
Transportation: Deliver to lab as soon as possible. (1-3 hours), if delay, keep at room temperature.
Label instructions: Tubes, cups or syringes must be labeled with patient name and Medical Record number.
Request test on form: Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )
Order/entry screen(s): Microbiology/Virology
Stat frequency: N/A
Stat turn around time: N/A
Routine frequency: Daily
Must be in by: N/A
Routine turn around time: 24 hrs for prelim/ 48-96 hrs for final
For Hillcrest deliver to: Microbiology : Room 2-109
For Thornton deliver to: Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: N/A
Special Instructions: Obtain BBL Cultureswab Plus from the Microbiology lab. Patient preparation: apply 10% povidine to site and allow to remain on skin for 2-4 minutes. Remove iodine with alcohol swab. Collect fluid or pus with a swab. If sufficient sample, collect pus in syringe rather than on swabs. Remove needle and replace with a sterile luer-Loc syringe plug (storehouse stock #175-612). Requisition must state specific site of specimen, current antibiotic therapy, clinical diagnosis, and time of collection. Routine culture for abscess will include a primary gram stain and culture for aerobes, and susceptibilities.  Anaerobe culture must be ordered.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
SOFT LAB abbreviation: CXBS  (Culture Body Site)
Secondary code: N/A
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A