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Anaerobic Bacteriology


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Collection and Transport

Slide 7

June 2012

Collection and transport can be accomplished using needle and syringe aspirates of fluid or pus or from surgically obtained tissue.  Again, avoid the use of swabs whenever possible.  Fluid or pus is injected into sealed anaerobic transport vials and these should contain an EH indicator in the fluid or gel or agar in the bottom of the tube.  Place tissues in upright oxygen-free tubes which contain an anaerobic gas or carbon dioxide and seal the tube.  It is optimal to culture the specimen within two to three hours of collection.

Collection and Transport


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