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Test ID: SSF1    
Nocardia Stain

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


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.

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Collect a raw specimen.

Additional Information: Specimen source is required.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) (

Neurology Test Request Form (T732) (

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








Blood; bone marrow; fixed tissue; viral transport media (including but not limited to M4, M5, BD viral transport media, thioglycolate broth); environmental specimen; wood shaft; or charcoal 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