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Anaerobic culture appropriate only if sheathed (protected) catheter used

Within 24 hrs/RT

24 hrs/4" C

BA, CA, Mac

Gram and other special stains as requested, e.g., Legionella DFA, acid-fast stain

Other considerations: quantitative culture for BAL, AFB, Legionellai, Nocardia, Mycoplasma, Pneumocystis, cytomegalovirus

Sputum, tracheal aspirate (suction)

Sterile, screw-top container

Sputum: have patient brush teeth and then rinse or gargle with later before collection

Sputum: have patient collect from deep cough; specimen should e examined for suitability for culture by Gram stain; induced sputa on pediatric or uncooperative patients may be watery because of saline nebulization

Within 24 hrs/RT

24 hrs/4° C

BA, CA, Mac

Gram and other special stains as requested, e.g., Legionella DFA, acid-fast stain

Other considerations: AFB, Nocardla

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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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