To help assure result validity, the following collection procedure must be observed:

  • Spinal fluid should be collected and transported in a sterile screw-capped tube.
  • Transport promptly at room temperature.
  • Do NOT refrigerate if for bacterial culture.
  • Specimens will be accepted within 24 hours of collection.
  • Specimens must be labeled with the patient's full name (first and last), date of birth and date of collection. 
  • Please call our Client Service Department for the proper transport method if non-microbiology tests are also ordered.