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  Herpes Simplex Culture Specimen Type:
  also known as HSV Culture 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 12 days
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 N/A
Method: Tissue Culture
Special Instructions: LESIONS/SKIN SCRAPINGS: Using a spatula, BD blade, vigorously scrape the lesion until the base of the vesicle is visible. Scrape 2-3 more times and place the blade into the viral transport media. 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 transport 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 to laboratory as soon as possible. BRONCHIAL WASHINGS; BRUSHINGS; LAVAGES: Transport 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. SPUTUMS: Obtain specimen in sterile container or collection cup. Transport to laboratory as soon as possible. SWABS - EYES, NP, THROAT, CERVIX, VAGINA, URETHRAL: Using the swab that comes with the viral transport, swab the area vigorously. Place swab into media and break off the tip to fit the container. Transport to laboratory as soon as possible. THROAT WASHINGS, LAVAGES: Obtain HANKS BSS from laboratory. Gargle vigorously with the fluid and return the washing to the container. Place on ice and forward to laboratory as soon as possible. TRACHEAL ASPIRATES: Transport collection container to laboratory as soon as possible.
SOFTLAB abbreviation: CXHSV
Secondary code: 4524
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A