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VRE: Infection Control Screen (Bacteriology)

General information

Specimen container: Unless otherwise stated, swabs for bacterial and fungal culture should then be placed in Amies transport medium with charcoal.

Specimen type: Aimes Charcoal Swab

Aimes Charcoal Swab

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr are undesirable

Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable

Special precautions: Rectal swabs should be submitted under the direction of the Infection Control Team or Consultant Microbiologist.

Laboratory information

Measurement units: Not Applicable

Biological reference units: Not Applicable

Turnaround time for provisional result (working days): 2 days

Turnaround time to final result (working days): 3-4 days

Clinical information

Clinical decision points: Not applicable

Factors known to significantly affect the results: Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible to prevent deterioration.

 

(Last reviewed October 24th 2017)