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Ear, Nose, and Throat

Specimen Type Test Requisition Container             Notes                                                                                               
Ear swab Culture and sensitivity (C&S) MS 349

 Copan Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes: N/A

Ear swab Fungus culture MS 331

 Copan Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Fungal stain: 24 hours; Final: 4 weeks
Notes: N/A

Epiglottal swab Culture and sensitivity (C&S) MS 349

 Copan Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes: N/A
Mouth swab Fungus culture MS 349

 Copan Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Same day
Notes: N/A
Mouth swab Viral detection MS 331

 Swab in viral transport medium

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 24 hours - 7 days
Notes: N/A
Nasopharyngeal or nasal swab B. pertussis MS 331

 Bordetella pertussis Kit. PCR transport medium is colourless. Do not use viral transport medium which is pink in color.

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 2 weeks
Notes: Maximum storage / transit time at 20C to 80C is within 5 days of collection.
Nasopharyngeal or nasal swab Chlamydia MS 331

 Chlamydia transport media

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 7 - 10 days
Notes: N/A
Nasopharyngeal or nasal swab Culture and sensitivity (C&S), MRSA MS 349

 Cobas Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes:N/A
Nasopharyngeal or nasal swab Viral detection MS 331

 Swab in viral transport medium

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 24 hours - 1 weeks
Notes:N/A
Nasopharyngeal Swab SARS Coronavirus RT-PCR MS 331

 Viral transport medium

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 2 weeks
Notes: Performed by Provincial Health Lab upon approval. The patient must fulfill the clinical case definition as specified by Health Canada
Sinus or antral lavage Culture and sensitivity (C&S) MS 349

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes:N/A
Sinus or antral lavage Fungus culture MS 331

 Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Fungal stain: 24 hours, Final: 4 weeks
Notes:N/A
 Throat swab  Corynebacterium diphtheriae  MS 331

Copan Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 1-2 weeks
Notes:N/A
 Throat swab  Culture and sensitivity (C&S)  MS 349

Cobas Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 24 - 48 hours
Notes:N/A
 Throat swab  Mycoplasma  MS 331

Cobas Eswab

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 2 weeks
Notes: N/A
 Throat Swab  SARS Coronavirus RT-PCR   MS 331

Viral transport medium

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 2 weeks
Notes: Performed by Provincial Health Lab upon approval. The patient must fulfill the clinical case definition as specified by Health Canada
 Throat swab  Viral detection  MS 331

Swab in viral transport medium

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Virology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: 24 hours - 1 week
Notes: N/A
 Tympanocentesis fluid  Culture and sensitivity (C&S)  MS 349

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Gram stain: same day;  Prelim: 24 hours;  Final: 48 - 72 hours
Notes:N/A
 Tympanocentesis fluid  Fungus culture  MS 331

Sterile container 

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: N/A
Expected Time for Results: Fungal stain: 24 hours; Final: 4 weeks
Notes: N/A
 Tympanocentesis fluid  Mycobacteria (AFB)  MS 331

Sterile container

Specimen Holding Temperature: 4°C

Area: Bacteriology
Refer Out: Provincial Health Lab
Expected Time for Results: 4-8 weeks
Notes: N/A