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Vibrio Culture

Item Value
Approval req'd? Yes, consultation required for samples submitted > 72 hours after inpatient admission. Contact Microbiology at x31268
Available Stat? No
Test code P159
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shifts
Method Culture
Collection Instructions Submit unpreserved stool to laboratory within 3 hours of collection.

If specimen will be submitted to the laboratory more than 3 hours after collection, or after 11 pm when Microbiology is closed, submit stool in C & S (Cary & Blair) Medium. Add stool to red line on vial and mix well with spoon.

C & S (Cary & Blair) Medium is available from Material Services . Outpatients can obtain these from the laboratories' draw stations.
For patient collect samples, order PMM 68902 C & S Medium Cary Blair 2805-05-WB (with bag and instructions).
PMM 49206 C & S Medium 2805-05 (without bag or instructions) also available.

Two specimens collected 24-48 hours apart are sufficient for the detection of the great majority of pathogens.
Container type Urine cup or C & S (Cary & Blair) transport medium
Amount to Collect 5 mL
Sample type Stool
Preferred volume 5 mL
Min. Volume 5 mL
UCSF Rejection Criteria Unpreserved stool received > 3 hours after collection. More than two samples per episode or more than one sample received within 24 hours.
Processing notes Maintain sample at room temperature
Normal range No Vibrio cholerae isolated
Critical value Vibrio cholerae identified
Synonyms Stool culture; Bacterial culture
Stability Unpreserved 3 hours, preserved 1 week
Turn around times 2-3 days
CPT coding 87046
LOINC code 28549-4
Last Updated 1/20/2016 10:50:06 AM
Entry Number 984
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