For pericardial, pleural and synovial fluids and for peritoneal fluid from chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients:
In addition to submitting a specimen in a sterile container for direct culture plates and gram stain, if there is sufficient quantity, inoculate excess specimen into Bactec blood culture bottles for improved detection of organisms.
Ambient - 24 hours
Culture & stain
Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.