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|Available Stat?||Sterile sites 24x7, Non-sterile sites 7:30 AM-11:30 PM|
Note: Mount Zion STATs are performed by Microbiology at China Basin, except sterile site STATs are sent to Parnassus from 10:30 PM-7:30 AM.)
|In House Availability||Non-Stat requests performed daily 7:30 AM -11:30 PM
See information under 'Available stat?' for stat testing availability
|Method||Gram stain and Microscopy|
|Sample type||Respiratory, urine*, genital, wound*, CSF**, body fluid**, unfixed tissue*
* considered 'sterile' if collected in the OR or by sterile means
** considered normally sterile sites
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|Critical value||Positive gram stains on samples from normally sterile sites (except urine) will be phoned.|
|Turn around times||
|Additional information||Normally sterile site specimens include CSF and other sterile body fluids (e.g. vitreous, pleural, peritoneal, ascites, amniotic, or joint fluids, bile, dialysates), sterile body tissues, and other specimens from specialized invasive procedures (e.g. bronchoalveolar lavage), and transfused blood product in the case of a transfusion reaction.
For diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection on vaginal exudate, order Vaginal smear for Bacterial vaginosis/yeast.
|Last Updated||2/19/2014 2:53:53 PM|
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