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Test ID: BLACT    
Beta-Lactamase

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.

Specimen Type: Pure culture of actively growing Enterococcus species, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or Staphylococcus species

Container/Tube: Slant

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions: Send specimen in an approved mailing container and label as an etiologic agent/infectious substance.

Additional Information:

1. Specimen source and organism identification are required.

2. See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions for shipping information.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

NA

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Agar plate

 

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
VariesAmbient (preferred)
 Refrigerated