|Includes:||Culture and gram stain. Susceptibility included if warranted.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 day. No growth cultures are finalized at 3 days, positives as identified.|
|Specimen:||Surgically collected tissue or biopsy material is suitable for culture. A small amount of sterile physiologic non-bacteriostatic saline may be added to specimen container to prevent dehydration.|
|Container:||Culturette or sterile container|
|Temperature:||Room temperature, transport to lab within 10 minutes.|
|Normal:||No growth or normal flora|
|Uses:||Identifying microorganisms that may cause infection.|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth. Culture is more sensitive than gram stain. Contamination with adjacent areas should be avoided.|
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