Fluid for culture

Description: 
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.

Contacts:
Infection Sciences Department at Bedford Hospital
01234 795913
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 9DJ
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015