|Test Name||Aspirate Culture with Gram Stain|
|Preferred Container||Sterile Container (e.g. Vacutainer tube without preservative)|
|Other Specimen/Container||Syringe with needle removed and replaced with a Luer Tip|
Cap. Bacterial transport devices without transport media.
|Optimum Volume||3 mL|
|Transport Requirements||Oahu: Ambient|
|Specimen Stability||Ambient: 1 Day|
Aspirate specimens will be accepted up to 2 days, but fastidious organisms may not remain viable after 1 day, or if specimen is received refrigerated.
|Rejection Criteria||Expired container/transport media, Frozen, Leaking specimen|
|Analytic Time||Up to 5 Days|
Preliminary reports at 24 and 48 hours. Additional time is required for identification and/or susceptibility testing if culture is positive.
|Methodology||Gram stain - microscopic examination of smear for bacteria and differentiation using a Gram stain|
Culture - visual examination for bacterial growth on selective and non-selective media.
The reference ranges listed below are valid on this date of April 14, 2021.
|Component||Age||Male Norm||Male Critical Low||Male Critical High||Female Norm||Female Critical High||Female Critical Low||Units||Add'l info|
|Report Status:||ALL||See report.|
|Gram Stain:||ALL||See report.|