Mouth Culture

Mouth Culture

Test Name:   Mouth Culture
Alternate Name (s):    
Laboratory Module:   Microbiology
Ordering Mnemonic:   CMOU
Specimen Type:   

A swab of the mouth area that is of concern.

Collection Container:   Amies Transport Media amies_transport_media.jpg
Collection Information:   The nurse or physician will take a swab of the mouth area.

The swab is then quickly transferred to the transport media.

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

 
Test Schedule:  

Daily

Turnaround Time:   Routine

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, until it can be processed.
Test Referred to :    On site, BGH laboratory

                 

Updated: Feb 13/2015

 
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