Pleural Fluid
Investigation Microscopy (Gram stain)
Inform lab before sending No unless urgent
Specimen container

Sterile universal container
How to take specimen Use asceptic technique.
Volume Minimum volime of 1ml Ideally 5-10mls
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Transport to the laboratory Urgent specimens immediately via specimen pod system
If transport delayed then refrigerate specimen
Turnround Urgent microscopy within 4hrs of receipt
Routine microscopy 24-48hrs after receipt
Culture result within 5 days
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