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Epic Code LAB2111016 Body Fluid Culture with Gram Stain

Important Note

Body Fluid Culture must be collected at the physician office, hospital or by patient. Do not send patient to outpatient draw site for collection. Please follow collection instructions below.

Test Name Alias

Culture Body Fluid w/gram | Sperm Culture | Semen Culture | Synovial Fluid Culture | 166 | aerobe | aerobic

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Clinical Information

If identification and/or susceptibility are indicated, additional charges may follow.

For aspirates, strongly recommend also ordering an Anaerobic Culture.

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Sterile Container with Screw-on Lid


Collection Instructions

Submit only one of the following specimens:


Specimen Collection: Fluid or aspirate
Container/Tube: Sterile Container
Collection Instructions:

  • Label container with patient's name (first and last), patient date of birth, date and time of collection, and type of specimen.
  • Must specify source of specimen: i.e. Eye Fluid, Peritoneal(Ascites) Fluid, Pleural Fluid, Sinus, Synovial Fluid, or Sperm, etc. Be as specific as possible
  • If sending a syringe, the needle must be removed and capped prior to transportation to laboratory. Syringe with needle is not acceptable.

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated


Specimen Collection: Fluid or aspirate (less than 1mL)

Container/Tube: ESwab

Collection Instructions: 

  • For fluid that is less than 1 mL.
  • Indicate source of specimen.
  • Specimen is unacceptable if received without fluid or swab in the transport tube.
  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 color 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 Transport Temperature: Ambient

Note: The ESwab fluid maintains the viability of diverse bacteria. Do not send a dry ESwab as this will lead to unsatisfactory results. If the tube spills its contents prior to inserting the swab, the liquid is non-toxic. Simply put the swab into another tube before sending it to the laboratory and discard the spilled tube.

Specimen Stability

Ambient: Send to laboratory as soon as possible

Refrigerate: 72 hours

Laboratory Retention: 4 days

Test Frequency

Available daily, preliminary report available within 24 hours Final report available in 3 days.

Reference Range

No Bacteria Isolated.

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Performing Department Laboratory Location

Corewell Health Reference Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Big Rapids Laboratory, Big Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Blodgett Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI
Corewell Health Ludington Laboratory, Ludington, MI
Corewell Health Reed City Laboratory, Reed City, MI
Corewell Health Zeeland Laboratory, Zeeland, MI






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