Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Anaerobic Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CAN

    Collect

    ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: sterile body fluids, tissue, deep wound material (including sinus aspirates).

    Sterile body fluids, tissues, and aspirates should be sent in a sterile, leak-proof container; deep wound swab specimens should be collected via glass anaerobic swab.

    Volume Required

    1-5 mLs sterile body fluid/aspirate; 1 glass anaerobic swab

    Minimum Required

    1 mL sterile body fluid/aspirate; 1 glass anaerobic swab

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Sterile body fluids, tissues, and aspirates are stable up to 30 minutes after collection. Anaerobic swabs are stable up to 2 hours after collection.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Non-anaerobic swabs (red- or green-topped) are not accepted for this culture.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updated daily until final

CPT

87075

Methodology

Culture