|Includes:||Culture and gram stain|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 day. No growth or normal flora cultures are finalized at 3 days, positives as identified.|
|Volume:||1 anaerobe culturette|
|Container:||Anaerobic culturette or capped syringe without needle|
|Temperature:||Room temperature transport to lab within 1 hour|
|Rejection:||Specimen not received in anaerobic transport tube or uncapped syringe with needle. Refrigerated sample is not acceptable.|
|Normal:||No growth or normal flora|
|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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