Body Fluid Culture, Sterile, Routine
Culture, Body Fluid, Sterile, Routine
Sterile Body Fluid Culture
Isolate and identify pathogenic organisms from normally sterile body fluids
Aseptically aspirated body fluid (eg, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), synovial, peritoneal fluid). Do not submit syringes with needles attached. Swabs without visible fluid are not acceptable for Body Fluid Culture.
Sterile tube or other sterile leakproof container, blood culture bottle, Vacutainer™ Plus no Additive tube, sodium heparin tube, and swabs with visible fluid; do not use red-top Vacutainer™ tubes.
Swab skin over the site of puncture with 2% tincture of iodine in concentric circles. Note: Iodine should remain in contact with skin for at least one minute prior to puncture to ensure complete antisepsis. Following puncture, 70% alcohol is used to remove iodine from skin.
Contamination with normal flora from skin, rectum, vaginal tract, or other body surfaces should be avoided. If anaerobes are suspected, order Anaerobic Culture.
Maintain specimen at room temperature.
Improper labeling; red-top Vacutainer™ tubes; swabs without visible fluid
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