Eye and Canalicular Pus (Bacteriology)
Collection container (including preservatives):
Collect specimens other than swabs into appropriate CE marked leak
proof containers and place in sealed plastic bags.
Any available pus should be sampled as well as the lesion of
Swabs for bacterial and fungal culture should be placed in Amies
transport medium with charcoal.
Small syringes (0.25ml) containing pus will be accepted, but the
needle MUST be removed before submission.
Specimen transport (e.g at room temperature, or within 4
hrs): If processing is delayed, refrigeration is
preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr
Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable
Measurement units: Not applicable
Biological reference units: Not applicable
Turn round time for provisional result (calendar
days): 24 hrs
Turn round time to final result (calendar
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect the
results: Collect specimens before antimicrobial therapy
where possible, and preferably before application of local
Superficial swabs, although not ideal, may be all that is
available. Deep-seated samples if available should be sought.