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  General Viral Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as Viral Culture wthout CMV Other

VIROLOGY

Specimen requirements: N/A
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: N/A
Absolute minimum amount: Please call lab 619-543-5797
Method of collection: See special instructions below.
Transportation: N/A
Label instructions: All containers 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 Hours to 2 weeks
For Hillcrest deliver to: Virology : Virology or Microbiology Laboratory
For Thornton deliver to: Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: Tissue Culture
Special Instructions: AMNIOTIC FLUID: Collect in sterile tube or syringe. Transport immediately to laboratory. AUTOPSY TISSUE: Place in sterile container containing viral transport media. BIOPSIES: Place in sterile container and send IMMEDIATELY to laboratory or place in viral transport media and transport to laboratory as soon as possible. BODY FLUIDS: Place in sterile container and transport as soon as possible to laboratory. BRONCHIAL WASHINGS/BRUSHINGS/LAVAGES: Transport collection container to laboratory as soon as possible. BUFFY COATS: Collect 1-7 mL of blood in a heparinized (green top) tube. Place on ice and transport to laboratory. CSF: Transport CSF tube to laboratory as soon as possible. LESIONS/SKIN SCRAPINGS: HSV - Using a spatula, BD blade, vigorously scrape the lesion until the base of vesicle is visible. Scrape 2-3 more times and place the blade in the viral transport media. VZV - Using a tuberculin syringe, aspirate the fluid without dislodging the vesicle. Recap the needle using a one-handed scoop technique or passive recapping device. The fluid is in the needle. Put syringe on ice and transport immediately to laboratory. SPUTA: Obtain specimen in sterile container or collection cup. Transport to laboratory as soon as possible. STOOL SPECIMENS: Collect a small amount of fecal material in a stool container or sterile bottle. Transport to laboratory as soon as possible. SWABS-EYES/NP/THROAT/STOOL/CERVIX/VAGINA/URETHRAL: Using the swab that comes with the viral transport media, swab the area vigorously. Place the swab into the media and break off the tip to fit the container. Transport to the laboratory as soon as possible. TRACHEAL ASPIRATES: Transport collection container to laboratory as soon as possible. URINES: Collect fresh urine in sterile container and transport to laboratory as soon as possible. ***GENERAL VIRAL CULTURE DOES NOT INCLUDE CMV. ORDER SEPARATELY. REFER TO CMV SHELL VIAL CULTURE***
SOFT LAB abbreviation: CXVIR
Secondary code: 4518
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A