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Chapter 4.4 : Incubation Techniques for Anaerobic Bacteriology Specimens
This procedure describes the various environmental methods and incubation conditions used for anaerobic bacteriology specimens once a properly selected, collected, and transported specimen arrives in the laboratory. Ideally, the specimen is processed immediately on arrival in the laboratory and incubated under anaerobic conditions to prevent further exposure to oxygen. Refer to procedure 4.2 for collection and processing procedures and to procedure 4.3 for anaerobic media and for inoculation techniques.