Test includes culture and Gram stain smear if sufficient specimen is received. Potentially pathogenic organisms will be identified. Test includes susceptibility testing of potentially pathogenic organism(s) at an additional charge unless specifically declined. If anaerobic organisms are suspected, an anaerobic culture should be sent.
Isolation and identification of potentially pathogenic organisms
If specimen is refrigerated, N. gonorrhoeae, H. influenzae and other fastidious organisms may not be isolated, even though they are present in the specimen. If the culture grows 3 or more significant organisms, no further identification or susceptibilities will be done except on: Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin resistant Enterococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumanii complex, Group A Beta Streptococcus and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 6 days;
Acceptable Specimen type: Peritoneal Dialysis Fluid. DO NOT SEND SWABS. Avoid contamination with normal flora from other body surfaces. Specimen Collection: Cleanse area with soap solution. Remove soap with 70% ethanol. Apply 1% tincture of iodine. Leave on skin 2-4 minutes for maximum effectiveness. Remove with 70% alcohol. If patient is allergic to iodine, alcohol can be used alone. Do not touch prepared skin during collection of specimen.
Send specimen to Clinical Microbiology as soon as possible after collection
BacTec culture bottles will be inoculated based upon volume of fluid received