QUEST LABORATORY SPECIMEN COLLECTION PROCEDURES

Effective Date: 
Fri, 07/01/2005
Reviewed: 
Fri, 01/05/2018
Revised: 
Tue, 02/13/2018
Policy: 
SPECIMEN COLLECTION COMMENTS STORAGE FOR TRANSPORT
Blood Aerobic and Anaerobic Bactec bottles, draw aerobic bottle first with aseptic technique Room Temperature
Chlamydia Culture   V-C-M medium(green top) tube Refrigerate
Chlamydia Aptima swab Hologic Aptima Transfer Tube with Blue swab Refrigerate
Chlamydia/GC (Urine) Hologic Aptima Urine Specimen Collection Kit Refrigerate
Ear/Eye Culture Amies  culturette (blue top) Room Temperature
Fungal Culture Must state source; any culturette; hair, skin etc in clean cup Room Temperature
Genital Culture Amies culturette (blue top) Room Temperature
Giardia Antigen 10%  Formalin container required  (black top) Room temperature
Gram Stain Blue amies swab Room temperature
Herpes Culture  V-C-M medium(green top) tube 1. Room Temperature
Nasopharyngeal Culture 1.  Viral = V-C-M medium(green top) tube
2. Bacterial = Wire mini-tip with Amies culturette (green top)
Room Temperature
Ova and Parasites Total Fix -Formalin  (black tops) Room Temperature
Stool Culture 1.  Cary-Blair (orange or yellow  top) container required Room Temperature
" " 2.  Amies  culturette (blue top) if QNS  specimen  Room Temperature
" " Indicate if E. coli 0157, Vibrio or Yersenia Room Temperature
Stool for WBCs Formalin container (black top) Room Temperature
Sputum Culture Sterile  screw top  container,  swabs  not acceptable Refrigerate
Ureaplasma/Mycoplasma V-C-M medium(green top) tube Refrigerate
Urine Keep  at  room temp  <  1  hour, must  use  BD Vacutainer  Urine Refrigerate
Urine Culture C&S tube (grey top):  located  in  drawer below  Chemstrip  101 Refrigerate
Wound Culture Amies culturette  (blue top);  indicate source.  Clean  surface wounds first to avoid contamination Room Temperature