Culture, Eye

Supply #S02 - Amies Gel (Blue)

Test Code: 4480

Includes: If culture is positive, identification will be performed at an additional charge. Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate.

Methodology: Bacterial culture, aerobic routine isolation and identification procedures antimicrobial susceptibility testing when appropriate

Clinical Significance:
The significance of any isolate(s), in pure or mixed culture, must be assessed with respect to the source cultured, the organism's pathogenic potential, the possibility of colonization versus infection, and the number of other organisms recovered from the same culture.

Alternative Name(s): Eye, External Culture

Collection Guide: 

Supply: S02 - Amies Gel (Blue)

Preferred specimen(s): Collect specimen using a BD™ blue cap, Amies gel transport medium culture device. Corneal scrapings should be collected using a sterile corneal spatula and placed directly on appropriate culture media (contact

laboratory to obtain media prior to collection). Indicate source of specimen on both the requisition and specimen transport device.

Minimum volume: One transport swab

Alternative specimen(s): None

Transport container: Transport swab or bacterial culture media

Transport temperature Room temperature

Specimen stability: Deliver to microbiology lab as soon as possible

Transport swab: Room temperature: 2 days

Reject criteria:
  • Expired transport device
  • Frozen
  • Dry swabs

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Services at (800) 891-2917, option 2.