Fluids, aspirates, or feces should be collected in a sterile, leak-proof container without preservative. Tissue specimens should be submitted in a sterile container with a small amount of non-bacteriostatic saline. Swab collected specimens are inadequate and highly discouraged, aspirates and tissues are preferred.
One air-dried, labelled smear.
See ESwab collection video for more information.
Blood or Bone Marrow: See Blood Culture, Mycobacterial
An acid-fast smear is done on all specimens for culture.