Routine culture should include Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter, specif Vibrio, Aeromonas, Pleslomonas, Yersinia, Escherichia coll 0157:H7, if needed

Within 24 hrs/4°C

72 hrs/4° C

BA, Mac, XLD or HE, Campy

Methylene blue for fecal leukocytes

Do not perform routine stool cultures for patients whose length f stay in the hospital exceeds 3 days and whose admitting diagnosis was not dlanhea; these patients should be tested for Clostridium difficile

O&P transporters (e.g., 10% formalin and PVA)


O&P transporters (e.g., 10% formalin and PVA)

Collect 3 specimens every other day at a minimum for outpatients; hospitalized patients (inpatients) should have 3 specimens collected every day; specimens from inpatients hospitalized more than 3 days should be discouraged

Wait 7-10 days ,f patient has received antiparasitic compounds, barium. Iron, Kaopectate, metronidazole, Milk of Magnesia, Pepto-Bismol, or tetracycline


Genital Tract


Bartholin cyst


Cul-de-sac Endometrium

Anaerobic transporter

Disinfect skin before collection

Aspirate fluid; consider chlamydia and GC culture

Within 24 hre/HT


Swab moistened >ith Stuart's or Amie's medium

Remove mucus before collection of specimen

Do not usb lubricant on speculum; use viral/chlamydiai transport medium, if necessary; swab deeply Into endocervical canal

Within 24 hrs/RT




Submit aspirate

Within 24 hrs/RT

24 hrs/RT

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Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina.

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