Test Name: TISSUE CULTURE
EPIC Search Term: LABTISC
Synonyms: sterile tissue, bacterial, aerobic, placenta, maternal surface, fetal surface, biopsy, surgical specimen, TISC
Panel Composition: Direct gram stain.
Routine aerobic culture.
Susceptibility testing will be performed appropriate to organism isolated if indicated per Microbiology protocol.
Preferred Container: 1 x Sterile Container
Draw Volume: 1
Special Collection Instructions: Swabs are not optimal for specimen collection and may yeild false negative results. Aspirate or tissue specimens are preferred.
Specimen Transport: Deliver sample to lab immediately.
Testing Frequency: Inoculation - 24 hours; Cultures read daily.
Expected Turn around Time for negative cultures - 3 days.
Clinical Application: This culture is designed for normally sterile specimens such as tissue, pleural fluid, etc... All cultures with <= 3 organisms isolated will be worked up with identification and susceptibility. Gram stain is performed on all specimens.
Reference Ranges: No organisms isolated.
Test Performed By: Texas Children's Hospital Pathology Services

Available at TCH Main Campus: 832-824-5152
6621 Fannin, MC 1-2261
Houston, TX 77030-2399
Lab Section: Microbiology