Preferred volume: Collect 3 mL fluid in sterile cup.
Fluid should be collected in a sterile container.
Fluids should be transported to the lab as soon as possible.
A Legionella plate is set up on all pleural fluid samples.
Minimum volume: 2 mL
Gram stain included with culture, performed same day.
Pleural fluid culture period is 7days. All other culture period is 3 days.
7 days a week