ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: sterile body fluids, tissues, deep wound material, sputum, urine, gastric aspirates, bronchial specimens, and autopsy specimens.
Stool may ONLY be sent for HIV positive patients.
For collection of blood or bone marrow, please refer to the "AFB Culture and Smear - Blood and Bone Marrow" procedure.
Please refer to Nursing Procedure 4:4a "Collection of TB Specimens" for general guidelines
Please consult with Respiratory Therapy if having trouble obtaining a sputum sample
2 mLs (optimally 5 mLs for CSF)
1-2 mLs (optimally 5 mLs for CSF)
Send to the lab immediately, optimally within 30 minutes of collection. If transport is delayed, the specimen should be refrigerated. Gastric aspirates must be sent to the laboratory immediately or they will be rejected.
To ensure recovery of any possible acid fast bacteria, specimens should be sent to the lab immediately.
Specimens should NOT be submitted on swabs. Saliva specimens are not acceptable for this test. Urine should not be submitted in preservative-containing tubes. 24-hour urine specimens should not submitted. Gastric specimens should not be contaminated with tap water.
Preliminary report in 7 days
Culture; Smear: Screen- fluorescent, Confirmatory- Kinyoun stain