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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, all 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.

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 Fresh stool : 0.5 mL or size of pea, Stool in C & S (Cary & Blair) transport medium: 5 mL
UCSF Rejection Criteria Unpreserved stool received > 3 hours after collection. More than two samples per day.
Processing notes If < 5mL stool received, add 3 parts Cary & Blair medium to 1 part stool.
Normal range No Vibrio cholerae isolated
Critical value Inpatient results only. After hours outpatient results will be phoned the following morning.
Positive for Vibrio cholerae
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 3/27/2017 5:57:46 PM
Entry Number 984
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