|Alternate:||Fluid Culture Routine: Aerobic Fluid Culture; Routine Bacterial Culture Body Fluid|
|Includes:||Culture and gram stain, Susceptibility if warranted|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Container:||Sterile container or tube|
|Temperature:||Sterile container - Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Red Top Tube - Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Do not refrigerate
|Rejection:||Not received at proper temperature
Not received within specified time frame
Specimen container with needle attached
|Normal:||No growth after 3 days.|
|Uses:||Identify aerobic bacteria that may cause infection.|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth A Culture is more sensitive than gramstain. A negative result does not necessarily rule out infection.|
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