Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions currently in effect.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Name of Test
CSF Culture
SoftLab Order Code
CXCSF
Epic Order Name
CSF CULTURE AND GRAM STAIN
Epic Order ID
LAB268
Laboratory
In House
Raleigh
Additional Test Information
”4
Sample Type
CSF
Collection Container
Sterile container
Collecting Volume
5.0 ml
Minimum Collecting Volume
1.0 ml
Storage or Stability
Ambient
Causes For Rejection
The first tube collected should not be used for culture as it may be contaminated.
Instructions
The physician will aseptically perform a lumbar puncture to obtain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Collect 2- 5 ml. of CSF in a sterile screw top container. Send the most turbid tube for culture. Otherwise cultures will be performed on the second to last tube
 
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