Last month, the SWLP POCT team received the exciting news that after two years of hard work, the blood gas and glucose meter service at St George’s was given full UKAS accreditation. It is the largest and most complex POCT service in the country to receive full accreditation, which proved challenging for both the POCT […]
Pericardial Fluid Culture
|Reporting frequency||TAT - Microscopy results available same day as receipt, culture 2 – 3 days. Some specimens may have prolonged incubation in which case a result will be issued in 5-7 days.|
Use for analysis of routine non sterile and sterile specimens with the inclusion of pus, fluids (e.g. joint, drain, pleural, ascitic, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic, bile, CSF), bone, pus, aspirates/vesical fluid and bone marrow, tips and IUCD. Use dry sterile bottle. All tissue samples should be collected aseptically and transferred directly to sterile sample containers with no additives of any kind.
A WBC differential will be done on all ascitic fluid with a raised WBC > 250/ml.
Sample stability – 4 weeks.
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