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Test ID: IDENT    
Organism Referred for Identification, Aerobic Bacteria

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. All aerobically growing bacteria submitted will be identified and billed as appropriate.

Note: Mayo Clinic Laboratories recommends referring suspect select agent isolates (eg, Bacillus anthracis, Brucella species, Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Francisella tularensis, or Yersinia pestis) to your state health department or the CDC for identification confirmation or exclusion.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Ordering Guidance

If susceptibility testing is needed; also order ZMMLS Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Aerobic Bacteria, MIC. If susceptibilities are not appropriate and will not be performed, ZMMLS will be canceled at report time.

Shipping Instructions

1. See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions for shipping information.

2. Place specimen in a large infectious container (T146) and label as an etiologic agent/infectious substance, if appropriate.

Necessary Information

1. Specimen source is required.

2. Isolate description is required including: Gram stain reaction, morphology, and tests performed.

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

Supplies: Infectious Container, Large (T146)

Specimen Type: Pure culture of organism from source cultured

Container/Tube: Agar slant or other appropriate media

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Perform isolation of infecting bacteria.

2. Bacterial organism must be submitted in pure culture, actively growing. Do not submit mixed cultures.

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

NA

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

Other Agar plate

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 TypeTemperatureTime
VariesAmbient (preferred)
 Refrigerated