Test Code
Test Description
This test is a send out to Quest. Quest test code is 4550.
Minimum Volume
One transport swab
Transport Container
Wounds, abscess, aspirates or drainage collected in Amies liquid transport swab, Amies gel transport swab, Amies liquid elution swab Eswab or equivalent and submit in a sterile, leak-proof container or capped syringe.
Transport Temperature
Room temperature
Collection Instructions

If submitting in syringe, remove needle, expel air, and recap syringe. Note: For deep wounds and surgical specimens or whenever anaerobic infection must be ruled out, see Culture, Aerobic and Anaerobic

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable
Rejection Criteria

Received frozen; Specimens submitted in formalin; Dry swabs; Expired transport media; Specimens >48 hours old; Nails; Molecular transport systems; Post-mortem specimens; Skin scrapings; Specimens submitted in formalin; Swabs of oral specimens (ex: Gums, teeth); Wood-shafted, cotton tipped swabs; Calcium alginate swabs