•Reference, AFB Culture, Identification, Susceptibility
Identify and determine susceptibility of acid-fast bacteria referred from another laboratory that has performed the culture of the clinical sample.
Isolated acid-fast bacillus on agar or egg-based media; broth systems with AFB (make sure it is not contaminated with other bacteria)
Screw-cap agar slant tube and bacterial swab transport inoculated with isolated colonies from a pure culture packed as an etiologic agent or liquid-based broth tube from BD, bioMerieux, or Trek
Maintain specimen at room temperature
Specimen received leaking or in broken transport tube or vial; unlabeled or name discrepancy between specimen and request label
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