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Culture, Legionella pneumophila

Mnemonic:    [C LEGION]
Name:    Culture, Legionella pneumophila
Specimen:     Collect: Respiratory tract specimens: Secretions, aspirates, BAL, tissues, fluids, sputum, or abscess material. OR pericardial fluid or blood in SPS.

Specimen Preparation: To prevent drying, submit tissue specimen in sterile, non-bacteriostatic water, or physiologic saline. Transport in a sterile container. Transport blood in an SPS Vacutainer for Microbiology.

Source of specimen is required.

Transport samples frozen except blood isolator tubes which are sent refrigerated.

Unacceptable samples:
--Urine, stool, wounds, culture material from non-respiratory sites.
--Dry samples, nonsterile or leaking containers
--Specimens submited in formalin, saline or viral transport media
Transport Temp:    FREEZE
Spec Stability:    Stable 48 hours refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP Multiple
Note:    Culture reported negative at 7 days, positives are reported ASAP.
Processing Info:    Manual ARUP requisition circle Legionella Culture (#60113).

Legionella DFA is now a separate order. It is a GenLab order and is interfaced with ARUP. Will go out through CR on a transfer list.