Microbiology Specimen Collection and Transport

Sample Collections for Lab Diagnosis of Fungal Infections

Sample Collections for Lab Diagnosis of Fungal Infections

Hair, nail clippings, skin scrapings, blood, CSF, and sputum are the most common clinical specimens.

Pus Sample: Collection, Processing, Staining and Culture

Pus Sample: Collection, Processing, Staining and Culture

Pus aspirate is the preferred sample. S. aureus, Strep pyogenes, and members of Enterobacteriaceae are major pathogens.

Blood Culture: Indications, Timing, and Volume

Blood Culture: Indications, Timing, and Volume

The overall volume of blood cultured is more critical in increasing organism yield. More the blood volume cultured greater the chance of isolating pathogen.

Transport Media Used in Microbiology Lab

Transport Media Used in Microbiology Lab

Common transport media are Cary and Blair medium, amies medium, Staurt’s medium, and VTM for virus.

Urine Sample Collection for UTI Diagnosis

Urine Sample Collection for UTI Diagnosis

Clean-catch midstream urine, suprapubic aspiration and straight catheter techniques are common method of urine sample collection.

Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Swab: Collection and Transport

Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Swab: Collection and Transport

Oropharyngeal (OP) and nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs and nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate are the common upper respiratory tract specimens.

CSF Sample: Collection, Processing, Staining, and Culture

CSF Sample: Collection, Processing, Staining, and Culture

Common etiologic agents of acute meningitis are enteroviruses and bacteria (S. pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae).

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Stool Sample: Collection and Transport