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Swab for culture - deep wound

Alternative Names:Wound culture
Seroma
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:WSD
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Specimen Types:Swab
Container Types:
Gel SwabGel Swab
Collection & Request Instructions:

Swabs should be transported as soon as possible to the laboratory, especially if anaerobic culture is required.

The type of wound and site of origin is essential for interpretation of culture results. eg abscess/left arm, cat bite/right hand. Relevant clinical information should be recorded.

 Clean the wound carefully with saline before swabbing the wound. 

 

 

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature
Assay Frequency:Daily