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  Abscess AFB Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as AFB Culture Abscess, Abscess Mycobacteria Culture, Mycobacteria Abscess Culture



Specimen requirements: BBL Cultureswab Plus
  or: Syringe
  or: Sterile Snap Cap Tube (13 X 100)
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: Negative cultures held 8 weeks.
For Hillcrest deliver to: Microbiology : Room 2-105
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. Preference would be a syringe or sterile tube of patient's pus or purulent fluid. Swabs should be submitted to the laboratory only when aspirated purulent fluid cannot be obtained. Patient preparation: apply 10% providone iodine to site. Leave on skin for 2-4 minutes. Remove iodine with alcohol swab. Collect fluid or pus with a syringe. Remove needle and replace with a sterile Luer-loc syringe plug (storehouse stock #175-612). Alternative would be to inject contents of syringe into a clean, sterile tube. Use swabs to collect sample if insufficient amount for syringe. Immerse swabs in transport media. Requisition must state specific site of specimen, current antibiotic therapy, clinical diagnosis, and time of collection. AFB culture for abscess will include an acid fast stain.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
SOFT LAB abbreviation: CXAFB
Secondary code: 4601
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A