Isolate and identify potentially pathogenic organisms.
All organisms will be identified and susceptibility testing will be performed. Fastidious organisms may not be isolated from specimens over 2 hrs old.
Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 days. The health care provider will be notified of positive smears or cultures.
- Aerobic Culture, Cerebrospinal Fluid
- CSF, Routine Culture
- Culture, CSF, Aerobic
- Routine Culture, CSF
- Routine Culture, Spinal Fluid
- Spinal Fluid, Routine Culture
- CSF CULTURE
Specimen type: CSF, DO NOT SEND SWABS. Cleanse area with soap solution, remove soap with 70% ethanol. Apply 1% tincture of iodine. Iodine must remain on skin 2 - 4 minutes for maximum effectiveness. Remove with 70% alcohol. If patient is allergic to iodine, alcohol alone can be used. DO NOT touch prepared skin during collection of specimen. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin or other body surfaces. Indicate current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis. Send to laboratory or MLABS immediately.
2. Incubate: No
3. Refrigerate: No
4. Freeze: No
2. Specimen not sent in appropriate sterile container.
Test includes culture and Gram stain smear. Test includes susceptibility testing of potentially pathogenic organism(s) at an additional charge unless specifically declined.