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Section 3 : Specimen Collection and Transport

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The quality of any laboratory diagnostic test is directly dependent on the quality of the specimen that is submitted for analysis. This is particularly true for the diagnosis of infectious diseases, where specimen integrity is of paramount importance. Not only is it critical to collect an appropriate specimen that would contain the pathogen of interest, but it is also important that the specimen be transported to the laboratory in a timely manner and under conditions that preserve organism viability and ensure the reliability of the diagnostic procedure (e.g., culture, microscopy, and antigen or antibody tests). The following guidelines can be used for the most commonly submitted specimens. For further information, please consult the ASM 11th ed. As a general guideline for all specimens, the following considerations should be kept in mind.

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.1

Bacteriology: Collection and transport guidelines

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.2

Specimen collection and transport guidelines for infrequently encountered bacteria

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.3

Guidelines for collection of specimens for anaerobic culture

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.4

Recommended blood volumes to collect for blood cultures

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.5

Mycology: Collection and transport guidelines

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.6

Parasitology: Specimen guidelines

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3
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Table 3.7

Guidelines for processing stool specimens for parasites

Citation: Doern C. 2018. Specimen Collection and Transport, p 81-126. In Pocket Guide to Clinical Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670070.ch3

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