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Microbiology Specimen Collection Device Descriptions

Fluid ContainersANAEROBIC TRANSPORT MEDIA (Swabs are not recommended)

  • Tissue specimens: (BBL Port-A-Cul)
  • Aspirate, Biopsy, Fluid Specimens: (Anaerobic Systems Anaerobic Transport Medium)
  • Fluids Submitted in syringe with needle removed and capped is also acceptable

AEROBIC CULTURES for abscesses, wounds and tissue and routine cultures

  • Tissue: submit in sterile container
  • Wound or abscess:
    • Fluids and aspirates: Submit in syringe with needle removed and capped or in a sterile tube
    • BBL CultureSwab or BD Regular ESwab
  • Throat Screen, MRSA screen, Vaginal/Rectal screen for Gp. B Streptococcus, VRE screen and Yeast screen: BBL CultureSwab

BLOOD CULTURE OR VASCULAR ACCESS DEVICE

  • Peds Aerobic Bottle (pink) (< or = 28 pounds)
  • Aerobic Bottle (blue) (> 28 pounds)
  • Anaerobic Bottle (purple) (> 28 pounds)

BLOOD CULTURE CATHETER RELATED SEPSIS ONLY

  • Peds Isolator Tube (< or = 80 pounds)
  • Isolator Tube (> 80 pounds)

BLOOD CULTURE FUNGUS OR MYCOBACTERIA

  • Adult >80 pounds: Isolator (10 mL blood)
  • Patients <80 pounds: Peds Isolator (1.5 mL)

CHLAMYDIA AND N. GOHORRHOEAE DETECTION BY AMPLIFIED MOLECULAR METHOD

  • Female
    • Cervical: Qx Endocervical Specimen Collection Kit
    • Urine: Sterile collection cup
    • PAP specimen: ThinPrep Vial
  • Male
    • Urethral: Urethral specimen collection kit
    • Urine: Sterile collection cup

CHLAMYDIA FROM NON-GENITAL SITES, TEST OF CURE AND CHILDREN <12 YEARS OLD

  • BD Universal Viral Transport

CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE TOXIN

  • Stool Collection Container: Container fits over the toilet to collect stool or sterile specimen container

GONORRHEA CULTURE FROM NON-GENITAL SITES, TEST OF CURE AND CHILDREN < 13 YEARS OLD

  • Female: BBL CultureSwab Plus with charcoal (Regular swab)
  • Male Urethral: BBL CultureSwab Plus with charcoal (Urethral swab)
  • Non-Genital sites: CultureSwab Plus with charcoal (Regular swab)

HELICOBACTER PYLORI ANTIGEN

  • Stool Collection Container: Container fits over the toilet to collect stool or sterile specimen container

OVA AND PARASITE, CRYPTOSPORIDIA AND GIARDIA

  • Total Fix preservative vial (black cap)
  • Stool Collection Container: Container fits over the toilet to collect stool which will be placed in the transport vials listed above.

PERTUSSIS

  • BD ESwab Nasopharyngeal swab (Green top)

PIN WORM

  • SWUBE Paddle

STOOL CULTURE

  • Para-Pak C&S (Salmon top)
  • Stool Collection Container: Container fits over the toilet to collect stool which will be placed in the transport vial listed above.

TRICHOMONAS

  • Urine transported to lab within 24 hours of collection
  • Genital swabs placed into Aptima vaginal or unisex collection devices
  • Or collect vaginal sample for Vaginitis panel in BD Affirm VPII Ambient Temperature Transport System

VAGINITIS PANEL

  • BD Affirm VPIII Ambient Temperature Transport System (Panel includes testing for Bacterial Vaginosis, Candida Vaginitis and Trichomonas vaginalis)

VIRUS DETECTION

  • BD Universal Viral Transport for Molecular testing and culture

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