AFB DIRECT SMEAR
Name: AFB DIRECT SMEAR
Container: STERILE CUP
Handling: Specimen: Aspirate, sputum, body fluids, tissue in sterile containers.
Reject Criteria: Unacceptable conditions: Nonsterile or leaking containers, dry materials, dry swabs, and syringes with needle attached.
Methodology: Fluorescent stain
Reported: 1 day for stain, 2-6 weeks for culture (if indicated)
Stability: Stability: Ambient: 2 hours Refrigerated: 48 hours
Note: Culture (send out) required for identification of positive stains.