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Epic Code LAB1230910 Pseudomonas aeruginosa Screen Culture (Inpatient)

Important Note

This test is for inpatient burn victims. This is not a routine screen culture for patients outside of the burn-unit. 

Clinical Information

Pseudomonas aeruginosa screen cultures are requested by burn-unit providers to determine colonization status and help guide prophylactic therapy.

Ordering Instructions

For inpatient burn-unit victims only.

To diagnose infection due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, order Wound Culture with Gram Stain LAB2111191.

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Collection Instructions

Inpatient Collection Only

Specimen Collection: Swab-Hairline-perianal only


Container(s): Swab ESwab


Collection Instructions:

  1. Open the peel pouch and remove the contents. Aseptically unscrew and remove the cap from the ESwab.
  2. Place the tube in a secure position so as not to allow the liquid to leak out of the tube.
  3. Remove the swab. Collect the patient’s sample using the swab.
  4. Insert the swab back into the tube of liquid, all the way to the bottom of the tube.
  5. Holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube, break the applicator shaft at the colored breakpoint indication line.
  6. Screw the cap on tightly to prevent leakage. Discard the broken handle of the shaft into an approved medical waste disposal container.
  7. Write the patient’s information (Name and Date of Birth) on the tube or apply a label with patient’s information. Indicate source.
  8. Send specimen to the Laboratory, specimen is unacceptable if received without fluid or swab in the transport tube.\

Transport Temperature: Ambient

Specimen Stability

Ambient: 48 hours

Refrigerate: 48 hours

Laboratory Retention: 4 days

Test Frequency

Available daily, usual TAT 2 days

Reference Range

No Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated.

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Performing Department Laboratory Location

Corewell Health Reference Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI





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