Fluid culture (e.g. drain, ascitic, peritoneal)
Fluid like material obtained from sterile sites or from drains (e.g. abdominal, thoracic, bile or other wound drains) should be collected in a sterile universal container observing an aseptic technique when sampling.
|Tube||White top universal|
|Availability||Mon- Sun 8.30 - 5pmAcute samples of sterile fluid can be cultured and a microscopy performed out of hours on request|
|Additional Information||Prosthetic joints and other specific fluid types may take >8 days due to extended culture. Please state fluid type and collection conditions clearly on all requests.|
|Turn Around||8 days. Fluid Microscopy including crystals will be available within 24 hours|
|Send to||LGI Microbiology Department|
|Collection Con||It is not advisable to sample fluid from the bag or drain reservoir. Instead a sample should be obtained from the drain using rubber ports if available.
Observe aseptic sampling technique. Transport the sample to the laboratory as quickly as possible. Note: The recovery of anaerobes is compromised if the transport time exceeds 3 hours. Before Antibiotics if possible
|IP Routine TAT||8 days. Fluid Microscopy including crystals will be available within 24 hours|
|GP Routine TAT||8 days. Fluid Microscopy including crystals will be available within 24 hours|