Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Name
Culture- Body Fluid

CMH Lab Section
Microbiology

Specimen Requirements
Disinfect overlying skin with 2% iodine. Use a sterile tube with heparin if the specimen may clot.

Availability
Routine

Turn Around Time
2-5 days

Special Instructions
Obtain specimen via percutaneous needle aspiration or surgery. Transport in a sterile container. Transport immediately.

Processing Instructions
EDTA is unacceptable for culture.

Ranges
This test code may be used for the following sources: abdominal fluid, ascites, bile, paracentesis, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid, synovial fluid  thoracentesis etc.

No bacteria isolated

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