Test directory: Aspirate Culture with Gram Stain

Ordering Code5521
Test NameAspirate Culture with Gram Stain
Preferred ContainerSterile Container (e.g. Vacutainer tube without preservative)
Other Specimen/ContainerSyringe with needle removed and replaced with a Luer Tip
Cap. Bacterial transport devices without transport media.
Optimum Volume3 mL
Transport RequirementsOahu: Ambient
Airline: Ambient
Specimen StabilityAmbient: 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 CriteriaExpired container/transport media, Frozen, Leaking specimen
Avail. StatYES
Analytic TimeUp to 5 Days
Preliminary reports at 24 and 48 hours. Additional time is required for identification and/or susceptibility testing if culture is positive.
MethodologyGram 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.

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
Source:ALLSee report.
Report Status:ALLSee report.
Gram Stain:ALLSee report.
CultureALLSee report.