Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.
Automatic identification and susceptibility testing on lower colony counts than the routine Urine culture.
If a urinary catheter has been in place for ≥5days, remove before collecting the urine sample.
Transfer specimen to a Urine preservative vial/tube, C&S, or if specimen volume is not sufficient for C&S Tube (minimum 4 mL), submit entire specimen in a sterile container (not optimum for off-site specimens-MUST be transported refrigerated within 24 hrs of collection).
Urine preservative vial/tube, C&S:
Ambient - 48 hrs
Refrigerated - 48 hrs
Screw cap plastic container (sterile):
Refrigerated - 24 hours