Eye Culture

Eye Culture       

Test Name:  

Eye Culture

Alternate Name (s):  


Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  



For cornea specimens please order WOUND.

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

CON- Conjunctiva/ Drainage

Specimen Type:   

A swab of the eye or eye drainage area that is of concern.

Collection Container:  

Amies Transport Media


Collection Information:  

Conjunctival Swab/ Drainage

Swab the inside surface of the eyelid and the fornix of the eye. Place 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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