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Bacterial Culture Collection Methods

Specimen Type Acceptable Specimen Types Additional Information Transport Comments
Aerobic Culture Surface Swabs,
Drainage,
Intra-vascular Catheter Tips, Gastric Aspirates,
Irrigation/Wash Fluids, Female/Male Genital Tract, Placental Swabs,
etc.

Swabs are to be delivered in eSwabs
(Lawson# 309762 - standard
or Lawson# 143675 – flexible minitip).

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,
Aspirates,
Tissue Biopsies,
Intraoperative Swabs of
Internal Organs and
Other Internal Sites
Fluid Specimens are to be delivered
in a Luer-lock capped syringe
WITHOUT NEEDLE. Intraoperative Swabs are to be
delivered in eSwabs (Lawson#
309762)
capped syringe - NO NEEDLE - anaerobic

anaerobic swab

Ascitic/ Peritoneal Fluid
Send specimen in Luer-lock capped
syringe WITHOUT NEEDLE to lab
for processing or other sterile
container.
Deliver Immediately
Bartlett Bronchial Brush Special Transport Medium available in Bronchoscopy Suite
Blood Culture Order via floor-order entry system. Collection by Phlebotomy Services (4-5446)
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
Throat cultures Throat cultures should
be collected on a Transport Double Swab
(Lawson# 050439)
Group A
and Group
B Strep
cultures
Cultures should be
collected on a
Transport Double Swab
(Lawson# 050439)
Tissues Place in sterile container without medium. Bring to lab immediately. Do not allow to dry out.
Comment

Reviewed by jcayless on December 14, 2017

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

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