Group B Strep Culture

Supply #141902 Amies gel, blue

Test Code(s) 5617


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

Methodology Bacterial culture, aerobic isolation and identification. Procedure includes broth enhanced culture

Clinical Significance Group B Streptococci can be one of the most significant pathogens in the neonatal period. The organism is transmitted to the newborn through the birth canal. Prepartum vaginal introitus and anorectal cultures are important to determine carriage.

Alternative Name(s) Streptococcus, Group B,Culture, Group B Strep,Strep

Collection Guide: 

Supply: S02 - Amies Gel (Blue)

Preferred specimen(s) Prepartum patients: obtain one or two swabs using blue cap, amies gel medium swab of the vaginal introitus and the anorectum as recommended by the CDC.

Minimum volume One transport swab

Transport container Transport swab

Transport temperature Room temperature

Specimen stability
  • Room temperature: 48 hours
  • Refrigerated: 48 hours
  • Frozen: unacceptable
Reject criteria
  • Expired transport device
  • Frozen specimen
  • Viral transport device
  • DNA probe transport device

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