|Values are valid only on day of printing.|
Identification of pure isolates of aerobic bacteria
When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged. All aerobically growing bacteria submitted will be identified and billed as appropriate.
Organisms are referred to confirm identification or when the identity is unknown. This may provide helpful information regarding the significance of the organism, its role in the disease process, and its possible origin.
Techniques employed may include conventional biochemical analysis, carbon source utilization, commercial identification strips or panels, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry or sequencing nucleic acid of the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene.
Identification of organism
Genus and species are reported on aerobic bacterial isolates, whenever possible.
Bacillus species will be reported out as "Large spore-forming aerobic gram-positive Bacillus, not Bacillus cereus or Bacillus anthracis," unless speciation is noted or specifically requested on the request form.
Isolates suspected of being Bacillus anthracis should be submitted to client's state health department for testing.
1. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 11th edition. Edited by JH Jorgensen, MA Pfaller, KC Carrol, et al. Washington, DC, ASM Press, 2015
2. Koneman’s Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. Sixth edition. Edited by WC Winn, SD Allen, WM Janda, et al. Baltimore Maryland, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2006