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Test Catalog

Test ID: GENS    
Bacterial Culture, Aerobic with Antimicrobial Susceptibilities, Varies

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged. Antimicrobial agent appropriate to the organism and specimen source will be tested according to Mayo's practice and the laboratory's standard operating procedures.

 

See Special Instructions to review tables that provide a listing of the antimicrobials routinely tested in our laboratory as well as antimicrobials that may be tested upon request. These tables are organized by isolate groups and are not all inclusive. Call 800-533-1710 and ask to speak to the Bacteriology Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Laboratory if the organism or antimicrobial of interest are not listed in these tables.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Shipping Instructions

Specimen must arrive within 24 hours of collection.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required; include the specific anatomic source. Indicate whether it is a "surface" or "deep/surgical" specimen. Do not label only as "wound."

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Closed abscess

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Aspirate the abscess contents with a syringe.

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient 24 hours (preferred)/Refrigerated 24 hours

 

Acceptable:

Specimen Type: Open abscess, swab, tissue, or fluid

Supplies: Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

Sources: Abscess, aspirate, lesion, or wound

Container/Tube: Sterile container or culture transport swab (Dacron or rayon swab with aluminum or plastic shaft with either Stuart or Amies liquid medium)

Collection Instructions: For most open lesions and abscesses, remove superficial flora by decontaminating skin before collecting a specimen from advancing margin or base.

Additional Information:

1. If submitting a specimen from a source contaminated with usual flora, send at refrigerated temperature.

2. Refrigerated specimens are not suitable for isolation of Neisseria species.

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient 24 hours (preferred)/Refrigerated 24 hours

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Other Specimen >24 hours Dry swab Frozen

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesAmbient (preferred)24 hours
 Refrigerated 24 hours