Organism Referred for Identification, Aerobic Bacteria
Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.
When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged. All aerobically growing bacteria submitted will be identified and billed as appropriate.
Note: Mayo Medical Laboratories recommends referring suspect select agent isolates (eg, Bacillus anthracis, Brucella species, Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Francisella tularensis, or Yersinia pestis) to your state health department or the CDC for identification confirmation or exclusion.
Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
If susceptibility testing is needed; also order ZMMLS Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Aerobic Bacteria, MIC. If susceptibilities are not appropriate and will not be performed, ZMMLS will be canceled at report time.
1. See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions for shipping information.
2. Place specimen in a large infectious container (T146) and label as an etiologic agent/infectious substance, if appropriate.
1. Specimen source is required.
2. Isolate description is required including: Gram stain reaction, morphology, and tests performed.
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 organism from source cultured
Container/Tube: Sterile broth/culture media
Specimen Volume: Entire specimen
1. Perform isolation of infecting bacteria.
2. Bacterial organism must be submitted in pure culture, actively growing. Do not submit mixed cultures.
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 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.
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.