Swab: Using a sterile swab, collect the sample deep into the lesion at its
advancing edge. Two swabs prefered, one for gram stain and one for culture.
Aspirate: Aspirate the wound using a needle and syringe.
The syringe may be capped or the specimen may be transferred to a sterile
Drainage: Aspirate drainage fluid aseptically from the drainage collection tubing.
Rinse open wounds with sterile saline.
Clean closed wounds with 2% chlorhexidine or 70% alcohol followed by
iodine solution. The iodine solution should be removed before collecting
Disinfect any collection tubing before collecting drainage samples.
Storage Transport Temp
Specimens should be transported to the lab at room temperature within 2 hours of collection or Refrigerated.
2 hours at RT; 24 hours at 4 degrees C
Swabs: Copan white cap with Amies preferred, one swab for gram stain, one swab for culture