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​Culture & Sensitivity (C&S), Abscess Swab

Clinical Microbiology

​Ordering Recommendations

​Specimen Requirements​


  • Superficial (infected space that may drain through the skin but does NOT extend deeper than dermis)
    • Boils, furuncles, infected cysts, skin abscesses, superficial surgical wounds
  • Deep (closed infected space that extends deeper than the dermis into deep tissues)
    • Any site including deep tissues usually related to secondary infection of a deep wound, contusion or hematoma


  • Transport within 2 hours of collection for optimal organism recovery
  • Store < 24 hours at room temperature
  • Specimen must be received in laboratory within 24 hours of collection
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information

Testing Site​
  • ​Bacteriology Laboratory, RUH
Results Reporting​
​Clinical Interpretation
​Specimen Retention

Test Ordering Requirements​

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Laboratory Controlled Document  LSM 953 V1

Last Modified: Friday, September 27, 2019 |
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