All fluids are collected in screw capped containers, to avoid spillage during transit. Fluids should reach the laboratory not later than 1600 hrs during the working week as the preparation time is very lengthy. Do not discard fluid if cytological analysis is required, send as much as possible to the laboratory.
Procedure for collection of blood cultures is described in the patient procedure manual. For each venepuncture, two different bottle types are inoculated: aerobic and anaerobic. Do not place Bradma label over barcode on bottles