MMLNS - Specimen: Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Nocardia species

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: MMLNS    
Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Nocardia species

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, Susceptibility Nocardia species will be performed and charged. When the organism identification is Rhodococcus equi the additional reflex test will be performed and charged. The additional antimicrobials are: vancomycin and rifampin.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated 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.

Specimen Type: Organism


Preferred: Middlebrook 7H10 agar slant without antimicrobials

Acceptable: Sabouraud's dextrose agar slant or similar media without antimicrobials (eg, 7H11 agar slant, LJ, MGIT [7H9] broth media)

Specimen Volume: Isolate

Collection Instructions:

1. Organism must be in pure culture, actively growing.

2. Place specimen in a large infectious container (T146) and label as an etiologic agent/infectious substance.

Additional Information:

1. Specimen source is required.

2. See Infectious Specimen Shipping Guidelines in Special Instructions.


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








Agar plate

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperatures are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesAmbient (preferred)