Fluid for culture

Microscopy, isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of pathogens.
Clinical details: 
Bursitis, septic arthritis, peritonitis, pleural effusion, empyema, amnionitis
Synonyms or keywords: 
Knee, synovial, bursa, hip, joint, pleural, amnion
Sample type and Volume required: 
Aspirated fluid
Call in advance: 
If urgent microscopy required: call ahead during the working week. Call switchboard to contact on call BMS for urgent microscopy out of hours.
Turnaround time: 
Microscopy, where appropriate, same day, culture 2-3 days
Special sample instructions: 

Sterile universal container, ideally a minimum volume of 1 mL should be collected.

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015