Identification Only, Bacteria
Identify anaerobic pathogenic organisms; when actinomycetes are suspected, a specific request must be made.
Label sample. Include any special identification instructions. Pack in “etiologic agent” materials.
A swab transport inoculated with the isolate from a pure culture or anaerobic culture transport packed as an etiologic agent. Maintain a subculture at submitting laboratory.
Bacterium derived from cultured clinical sample. Send pure culture in anaerobic transport. Maintain subculture at submitting laboratory.
Maintain specimen at room temperature.
Broken tube; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; mixed culture.