For skin & soft tissue infections:
A clinically non-infected wound does not require MCS.
A tissue or aspirate specimen is preferable to a superficial swab.
Debride or clean the wound prior to collecting swab to avoid transient colonizing bacteria.
3 consecutive early morning spontaneous deep cough specimens (taken on 3 separate days) a sterile container (see notes)
Requires own tube?:
Internal Spec Code:
Minimum 3 deeply coughed specimens. To be collected on separate days, but if the patient is producing copious sputum, the specimens can all be collected on the same day. Each specimen should reach the laboratory on the date of collection, however, outpatients who are unable to attend the clinic on three separate occasions can collect and refrigerate specimens for one day only, e.g. a patient may take home 3 sterile specimen containers for the weekend and produce two specimens on Sunday, which are refrigerated, ane one on Monday morning before attending the clinic. The specimens are to be collected before meals and before cleaning the teeth with toothpaste, after rinsing the mouth with water.