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  Cerebrospinal Fluid Fungal Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as CSF Fungal Culture, Fungal Culture CSF, Spinal Fluid Fungal Culture, Ventricular Fluid Fungal Culture, Lumbar Puncture Fld. Fungal Culture

Spinal Fluid


Specimen requirements: Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection Tubes
  or: Syringe
  or: Sterile Snap Cap Tube (13 X 100)
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: 2.0 mL
Absolute minimum amount: 1.0 mL
Method of collection: Obtain by lumbar puncture
Transportation: Transport to the Microbiology Laboratory immediately.
Label instructions: N/A
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: 4 weeks
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: Place CSF into sterile leak proof tubes available in lumbar puncture trays. Make sure the tube closures do not create an aerosol when the tubes are opened. Unless ordered for fungal culture only, submit at least three tubes of fluid to ensure adequate sample for analysis in Chemistry, Hematology, or for other bacteriological Cultures. All tubes must first be delivered to the Microbiology Laboratory to avoid the potential for contamination of the material. If ordered for tests other than fungal culture, the Microbiology Laboratory will record the description and volume of the fluid on the "cell count " requisition. Take the appropriate tube(s) for culture and give the remaining request slips and samples to the courier delivering the samples. The courier will take the samples and the request cards to the scrap lab where they will disburse the remaining samples to Chemistry, Hematology, Cytology, etc.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
SOFT LAB abbreviation: CXFUN
Secondary code: 4401
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A