|Values are valid only on day of printing.|
Specimen should arrive within 24 hours of collection.
Container/Tube: Culture transport swab (non-charcoal)
Specimen Volume: Secretions
1. Before collecting specimen, wipe away any excessive amount of secretion and discharge.
2. Obtain secretions from the mucosal membrane of the vaginal vault with a sterile swab.
3. If smear and culture are requested or both a bacterial culture and fungal culture are requested, collect a second swab to maximize test sensitivity.
Additional Information: Specimen source is required.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).
Viral transport media (including but not limited to M4, M5, BD viral transport media, thioglycolate broth) or specimen >7 days from collection
|Varies||Refrigerated (preferred)||7 days|