Culture- Body Fluid
CMH Lab Section
Disinfect overlying skin with 2% iodine. Use a sterile tube with heparin if the specimen may clot.
Turn Around Time
Obtain specimen via percutaneous needle aspiration or surgery. Transport in a sterile container. Transport immediately.
EDTA is unacceptable for culture.
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