Tissue specimen in a sterile leak-proof screw-capped container-(For Surgical specimens, see Surgical Specimen Collection Algorithm)
A larger specimen yields better recovery of pathogens
Tiny pieces are discouraged due to decreased yield
Send To Lab Immediately at room temperature. Submit in sterile container wrapped in moist sterile guaze to prevent drying.
Up to 1 hour if tissue kept moist
Tissue in Formalin; dried out tissue
Daily updates until final
Avoid contamination from sinus tracts and/or skin when collecting specimen. Do not insert tissue specimen into a swab set as this complicates aseptic specimen processing in the laboratory.