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Test ID: GRAM    
Gram Stain

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Original specimen

Sources: Closed/open abscess, lower respiratory, fluid, tissue, or swab

Container/Tube: Sterile container or culture transport swab

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Acceptable:

Specimen Type: Prepared microscope slide

Sources: Closed/open abscess, lower respiratory, fluid, tissue, or swab

Collection Container/Tube: Sterile container or culture transport swab

Submission Container/Tube: Slide container

Specimen Volume: Slide

Collection Instructions: Apply original sample to surface of standard microscope slide using appropriate application method (determined by consistency of specimen type) to assure adequate transfer of specimen onto slide. Allow specimen to dry and then heat-fix the slide. Place in slide container for transport.

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Blood, stool, vaginal/cervical secretions, throat, and nasal specimens are not acceptable for Gram stain. Specimen >24 hours or frozen

 

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)24 hours
 Ambient 24 hours

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