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Bacterial Culture Collection Methods

Specimen Type Acceptable Specimen Types Additional Information Transport Comments
Aerobic Culture Surface Swabs,
Intra-vascular Catheter Tips, Gastric Aspirates,
Irrigation/Wash Fluids, Female/Male Genital Tract, Placental Swabs,
Throat Culture,
Swabs are to be delivered in Transport Swabs (Lawson# 050441 - standard or Lawson# 050440 - mini-tip). For the Pediatric Screening Clinic only, throat cultures should be collected on a Transport Double Swab (Lawson# 050439)

Fluid specimens may be delivered in Luer-lock capped syringe WITHOUT NEEDLE or in other suitable specimen container.

Luer caps available from CD (Lawson# 000519)

mini tip swab
Double Swab

capped syringe - NO NEEDLE

Anaerobic Culture Internal body fluids,
Tissue Biopsies,
Surgical Swabs of Internal Organs and Other Internal Sites.
Fluid Specimens are to be delivered in a Luer-lock capped syringe WITHOUT NEEDLE

Surgical Swabs are to be delivered in Transport Swabs (Lawson# 050442)

capped syringe - NO NEEDLE - anaerobic

anaerobic swab

Ascitic Fluid
Send specimen in Luer-lock capped syringe WITHOUT NEEDLE to lab for processing.
Deliver Immediately.
Preferred volume >10mL
Bartlett Bronchial Brush Special Transport Medium available in Bronchoscopy Suite
Blood Culture Order via floor-order entry system. Collection by Phlebotomy Services (6-2446)
Bronchial Alveolar Lavage Deliver in Luer-lock capped syringe WITHOUT NEEDLE or in other suitable sterile container
Fluids 1-2 ml in a sterile container
NP Aspirate Place the #5 french feeding catheter containing the specimen into a sterile container. Bring to the lab immediately
Sputum See Sputum Culture Collection Methods
Tissues Place in sterile container without medium. Bring to lab immediately. Do not allow to dry out.

Reviewed by gloria_crawford on February 18, 2016

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514