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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).
Specimen must be received in laboratory within 24 hours of collection.
Specimen source is required: include the specific anatomic source. Indicate whether it is a "surface" or "deep/surgical" specimen. Do not label only as "wound."
Specimen Type: Closed abscess
Container/Tube: Sterile container
Specimen Volume: Entire collection
Collection Instructions: Aspirate the abscess contents with a syringe.
Specimen Type: Open abscess, swab, tissue, or fluid
Sources: Abscess, aspirate, lesion, or wound
Container/Tube: Sterile container or culture transport swab
Collection Instructions: For most open lesions and abscesses, remove superficial flora by decontaminating skin before collecting a specimen from advancing margin or base.
1. If submitting a specimen from a source contaminated with usual flora, send at refrigerated temperature.
2. Refrigerated specimens are not suitable for isolation of Neisseria species.
Specimen >24 hours
|Varies||Ambient (preferred)||24 hours|