Fluid (excluding blood, CSF, urine)

Fluid Culture (excluding blood, CSF, urine)

Test Name:   Fluid Culture (excluding blood, CSF, urine)
Alternate Name (s):    
Laboratory Module:   Microbiology
Ordering Mnemonic:   CBFL

Once fluid is selected as the source, a further description can be entered using the source dictionary. For instance:

PARF- Paracentesis Fluid

PERF-Peritoneal Fluid

PLEF- Pleural Fluid

SYNF- Synovial Fluid

THOF- Thorocentesis Fluid

Use the free text comment section  to define the exact location of where the specimen was obtained from for a more accurate processing of the specimen.


Specimen Type:   

A fluid specimen may be from any area of the body in which there is a concentration of fluid, that is of concern to the health care physician.

Collection Container:   40ml collected in a sterile container aseptically
Container Information
Sterile Container
Collection Information:   Clean the needle puncture site and disinfect.

Allow to dry.

Aspirate fluid or purulent material with a needle/syringe from the appropriate area - catheter or vacutainer bottle

Expel any air bubbles from syringe and inject into sterile container The sample is then labeled appropriately and then sent to the laboratory immediately.

Note: Clinical history is important for adequate testing.

Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:   Routine

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 1 to 5 days

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 1 to 5 days

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 specimen should be delivered to the laboratory STAT, with no delay and should not be transported through the automated delivery system.
Test Referred to :    On site, BGH laboratory


Updated: Feb 13/2015

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