|CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC:|
C STREP B
CU GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS; RECTAL CULTURE FOR BETA STREP; VAGINAL CULTURE FOR BETA STREP
|TEST INFORMATION:||Test includes culture in liquid enrichment broth followed by subculture to solid media. Isolation and identification of Group B Streptococcus ONLY.|
|DAYS PERFORMED:||Daily, 24 hours|
|SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:||Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, leave at room temperature.|
|CONTAINER TYPE:||Copan Swab® II|
Do not use lubricant on speculum. Cervical mucus should be removed before collecting endocervical specimens. Move the swab from side to side at the site allowing several seconds for absorption of organisms by the swab. Return the swab to the transport tube. A single swab may be used to collect and submit genital/rectal specimens. The genital specimen should be obtained first.
Preferred specimen genital/rectal on pregnant females.
Vaginal, cervical, rectal, or other gynecological specimen. Vaginal/rectal swab is the optimal specimen for screening pregnant women at 35 - 37 weeks of gestation, results may be compromised if only a vaginal swab is submitted.
|MINIMUM VOLUME:||One swab|
|HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS:||Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, leave at room temperature.|
|REFERENCE RANGE:||No Group B Streptococcus isolated|
|LIMITATIONS OF TEST:||
|METHODOLOGY:||Culture in a broth medium selective for Group B Streptococcus followed by subculture to conventional culture media.|
|TEST SYNONYM(S):||Group B Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcus Culture; Beta-Hemolytic Group B Streptococcus Culture|