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Specimen Requirements

Cytology Specimen & Testing Information

Histology

Submitting specimens for surgical pathology and related testing procedures - learn more

Microbiology

General Guidelines:

  1. Tissue should be sent to the laboratory in a sterile screw top container. Do not jam tissue into a culturette swab transport device as this may become a source of contamination when trying to recover the specimen from the culturette.
  2. Tissue can be shared for aerobic and anaerobic cultures. Tissue has a protective quality for the recovery of anaerobes, and will be a superior quality specimen than sending a swab. It is best tosend the specimen to the lab as soon as possible after collection.
  3. Swabs are not the ideal specimen, but will be accepted for culture. Please label as superficial (skin) or deep (surgical) so the lab has the information needed to determine the appropriate workup for the culture.
  4. Fluids should not be sent on swabs if there is enough available to send in a sterile capped syringe, a red top tube or sterile screw top container.
  5. Specimens with multiple culture orders (example: wound culture and anaerobe culture) should be placed so they share the same sample number. This will make it much easier for the physician to see the results in the computer
  6. Gram stains are automatically included with the culture and do not need to be ordered separately. If they are ordered it creates a duplicate test that requires someone to cancel the duplicate order.
  7. NEW: In our effort to standardize, streamline and safely move specimens, Gundersen Health System will institute two new clinical microbiology collection and transportation systems effective Oct. 1. The new system is called ESwab™ and Universal Viral Transport (UVT) system. Learn more

Parasitology

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