Tissue or aspirate from under the scab/lesion preferred. Tissue should be submitted in a sterile, leak-proof container without preservative. Tissue specimens may require a small amount of sterile, non-bacteriostatic saline to prevent drying. ESwabs should arrive in the lab within 4 days of collection for optimal recovery of microbes.
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Up to two susceptibilities will be performed as part of the culture. Each additional susceptibility required will be individually charged. Routine susceptibilities are performed by the micro broth dilution method. MICs will be provided with each susceptibility. Organisms of specific interest for this culture workup include: Staphylococcus aureus, S. intermedius Group, S. schleiferi, Beta hemolytic Streptococcus species, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. List not all inclusive.