|Alternate:||Ventricular Fluid Culture|
|Includes:||Culture and gram stain. Susceptibility included if warranted.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 day. Negative cultures are finalized at 10 days, positives as identified.|
|Temperature:||Room temperature, transport to lab within 10 minutes.|
NOT RECEIVED IN LAB WITH-IN 1 HOUR
|Normal:||No growth after 10 days.|
|Uses:||Identify 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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