Trichomonas Wet Preparation

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: C TRICH
POE DESCRIPTION: CU TRICHOMONAS; C TRICH
CPT CODE: 87450
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: 1 hour after receipt of the specimen in the laboratory.
CONTAINER TYPE:

A sterile rayon swab placed in a dry container or a BBLTM Culture Swab.

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Vaginal, cervical, urethral swabs, prostatic fluid
REJECTION CRITERIA: Inappropriate specimen container, specimen received in a preservative, insufficient specimen volume.
MINIMUM VOLUME: One swab
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, specimen may be held at room temp for no longer than 24 hours or it may be stored at 4°C or -20°C for up to 36 hours.
REFERENCE RANGE: No Trichonomonas vaginalis observed.
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: The specimen will be examined for Trichomonas vaginalis ONLY. One negative result does not rule out the possibility of Trichomonas vaginalis infection. The direct examination is negative in up to 30% of women with trichomoniasis. Samples contaminated with preparations containing iodine or by the immediate prior use of vaginal lubricants are not recommended.
METHODOLOGY:

Trichomonas vaginalis antigen detection.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The absence of the classical yellow, frothy vaginal discharge does NOT exclude the presence of Trichomonas.
TEST SYNONYM(S):Trichomonas vaginalis Wet Preparation; Trich Prep