The patient’s full name (first and last), date of birth and the source of specimen must be on both the requisition and the specimen. A culture is only as accurate as the method used for collection. Outside microorganisms may contaminate a specimen during each phase of handling. This can lead to misleading or erroneous results. Take care at all times to avoid contamination. Submit promptly for optimal recovery of pathogens. Submit in a leak-proof container at room temperature unless otherwise specified.


Anaerobic (Blue Top w/Amies w/o Ch) is used for Abscesses, Drainages, or Deep Wounds.

 Routine Bacterial (Yellow Cap/Double Swab w/Liquid Stuart's) is used for the  following:
  • Genital Cultures
  • Eye Cultures
  • Nasal Cultures
  • MRSA/VRE Screen
  • Wound Cultures
  • Throat Cultures
  • Yeast Cultures
  • GC Screen
  • Ear Cultures
  • Strep Cultures
  • Miscellaneous Cultures
  • Environmental Cultures

Universal Transport Medium is used for transport of Mycoplasma/Ureaplasma.

  M4RT (Red Cap) is used for the following:
  • Herpes Simplex Virus
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Influenza A & B Viral Antigens
  • Amplified DNA Detection of Chlamydia
  • Amplified DNA Detection of Neisseria gonorrheae

Digene Transport Medium is used for HPV Testing.

APTIMA™ Unisex Collection Swab is used for Chlamydia & Neisseria gonorrhoeae Testing.

Affirm™ VPII is used for Vaginal Pathogens (Candida species, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Trichomonas vaginalis).

Additional information on specimen collection and transport may be found in the Pathology Laboratories' Test Directory.