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Test and sample information

This is a searchable database of information about tests offered by Pathology at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

If there are any comments on specific test content please contact john.monaghan@nhs.net .

For further patient information on pathology tests please visit: www.labtestsonline.org.uk

Aspirates (joint)
Aspirates Native and Prosthetic
Sample container
Sterile Universal (30ml white top) &/or BacT/ALERT Blood Culture Set (Two Bottles)
Volume required
20ml (If in universal container)
Special requirements for specimen collection
If ?TB risk, please ensure high risk stickers are used and clinical details in filled in appropriately. 
Please see policy below for procedure for taking samples for blood culture bottles.   
2-8 C for universal containers, room temp for blood culture bottles
Clinical notes
Routine M,C & S includes Gram Film and Culture. 
Crystal Investigation is only performed on native joint aspirates 
It is important for the laboratory to know if the sample was taken pre or post antibiotic therapy. 
Turn around time
7 Days, 5 days if in blood culture bottle.
Additional information
Blood Culture Policy v1.1.pdf
Title Blood Culture Policy v1.1.pdf
Size 122KB
Type .pdf

Last modified: 16/08/2018