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Test ID: ACT    
Actinomyces Culture

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 should arrive within 24 hours of collection.

 

Specimen Type: Abscesses, intrauterine devices, percutaneous transtracheal aspirates, sterile body fluids, suprapubic aspirations, wounds

Container/Tube: Anaerobic transport vial (BBL Port-A-Cul Vial) (Supply T591)

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Additional Information: Specimen source is required.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Neurology Test Request Form (T732) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/media/customer-service/forms/neurology-request-form.pdf).

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.

N/A

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Swab

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
VariesAmbient72 hours