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Eye and Canalicular Pus (Bacteriology)

General information

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 interest.

Swabs for bacterial and fungal culture should be placed in Amies transport medium with charcoal.

Specimen type:

Pus

culture B

Eye Swab

Ear

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 are undesirable.

Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable

Laboratory information

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 days): 48-72hrs

Clinical information

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 anaesthetic.

Limitations

Superficial swabs, although not ideal, may be all that is available. Deep-seated samples if available should be sought.