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Joint Fluid

Alternative Names:Synovial fluids
Bursitis
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:JFA
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Specimen Types:Fluid
Container Types:
EDTA
Sterile Container
Blood Culture Bottles
EDTA
Adults Volume or Mass:5 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume or Mass:2 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:

Examination for mycobacteria are performed only on specific request.

Add 3mL of fluid to an EDTA tube and mix. This will be used for cell count and differential. Send fluid in a sterile yellow top container and blood culture bottles for culture and further testing. Culture cannot be performed from the EDTA tube.

Joint Fluids are often clotted on arrival and a count will not be performed. A Gram stain and differential count will be performed.

 

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature
Assay Frequency:Daily