For further details, see guidelines on collecting samples. It is important to indicate the source and type of sample sent. Suitable samples include: -anaerobic blood culture bottles -pus sent in a syringe -tissue or swab sent in anaerobic transport media -protected BALs -protected brush specimens -sterile fluids All samples must be sent to the laboratory within one hour. If both aerobic and anaerobic culture is desired, separate swabs must be sent. Dry swabs must not be sent for anaerobic culture – they have to be put in transport media.
Organisms reported; no growth of anaerobes; mixed growth of aerobes and anaerobes
Negative: 4 – 8 days Positive: 4 – 8 days
Unacceptable samples include dry swabs and samples from sites normally colonised by anaerobic bacteria, e.g. sputum, ETT aspirate, bronchial washings, stool (except for C. difficile culture), voided urine, vaginal swab, superficial material collected from skin surface.
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