Aspirate of infected area is preferred.
Swab accepted if culturette used with transport media.
Refrigerated. Specimens should be processed within 30 - 6o minutes of collection.
Specimens may be refrigerated for up to 2 hours if there is a delay in transport to the lab.
A gram stain is included with each culture. Anaerobes will be screened for and, therefore, care should be taken in specimen handling to avoid undue exposure to oxygen.
7 days a week