Microbiology transport media
The patient's full name (first and last), date of birth and the source of specimen must be on both the requisition and the specimen.
A culture is only as accurate as the method used for collection. Outside microorganisms may contaminate a specimen during each phase of handling. This can lead to misleading or erroneous results. Take care at all times to avoid contamination. Submit promptly for optimal recovery of pathogens. Submit in a leak-proof container at room temperature unless otherwise specified.
Anaerobic (Blue Top w/Amies w/o Ch)
Effective August, 2019, this is replaced with the A.C.T. (Anaerobic Culture Transport) I tube for aspirates, body fluids (with no gram stain) and tissues.
Routine Bacterial (Yellow Cap/Double Swab w/Liquid Stuart's)
Effective August, 2019, this is replaced with the BD ESwab Regular (White Cap) and Flexible Mini-tip (Blue Cap) Collection Kits.
Universal Transport Medium
Universal Transport Medium is used for transport of Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma.
M4RT (Red Cap)
M4RT (Red Cap) is used for the following:
- Herpes Simplex Virus
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus
- Influenza A & B Viral Antigens
APTIMA™ Unisex Collection Swab
APTIMA™ Unisex Collection Swab is used for Chlamydia & Neisseria gonorrhoeae testing.
Affirm™ VPII is used for Vaginal Pathogens (Candida species, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Trichomonas vaginalis).