Ear Culture

Ear Culture

Test Name:  

Ear Culture

Alternate Name (s):  


Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  


Once ear is selected as the source of the swab a further description can be entered using the source dictionary. For instance:

EARLF- Ear left

EARR- Ear right

If the area of concern is outside the ear area the specimen should be entered as a wound. 

Specimen Type:   

A swab of the ear area that is of concern.

Collection Container:  

Amies transport media


Collection Information:  

The nurse or physician will take a swab of the ear area.

The swab is then quickly transferred to the transport media.

The specimen is then labeled appropriately and then sent to the laboratory.

If eardrum is ruptured, collect exudate by inserting a sterile swab through an auditory speculum. Place swab in transport media

Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:  


Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 72 hours

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 72 hours

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:  

As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.

Lab Process Notes :  


Storage & Transport:  

The swab should be maintained at room temperature until transport to the lab. Once in the lab the specimen will be stored at room temperature in the microbiology rack.

Test Referred to :   

On site, BGH laboratory

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Updated: Feb 13/2015

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