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Test ID: FGEN    
Fungal Culture, Routine

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.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a Microbiology Request Form (Supply T244) with the specimen.

 

Specimen should arrive within 24 hours of collection.

 

Specimen source is required.

 

Specimen Type: Body fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Specimen Type: Bone marrow     

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Specimen Type: Fresh tissue or stool

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Pea sized

Collection Instructions: Tissue should be placed in small amount of sterile saline or sterile water.

 

Specimen Type: Respiratory specimen

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

 

Specimen Type: Swab

Fresh tissue or body fluid is the preferred specimen type instead of a swab specimen.

 

Sources: Dermal, ear, mouth, ocular, throat, or wound

Container/Tube: Culture transport swab (non-charcoal) Culturette

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1. Before collecting specimen, wipe away any excessive amount of secretion and discharge, if appropriate.

2. Obtain secretions or fluid from source with 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.

 

Specimen Type: Urine

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions: Collect a random urine specimen.

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.

Bone Marrow or Body Fluid: 1 mL/Respiratory Specimen: 1.5 mL/Tissue: pea-sized piece

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Fixed tissue, viral transport (including but not limited to M4, M5, BD viral transport media, thioglycolate broth), or nasal 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
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 7 days