Important Announcements

ACL Laboratories continuously strives to provide the best laboratory services possible. Our Test Bulletins and Important Announcements include information regarding new test offerings, changes in test procedures, such as reference range changes, or modifications in specimen collection protocol and/or new specimen collection devices.

sep. 08, 2017

Important Announcement -- Collection of Ascites and Peritoneal Fluid Specimens -- Hospitals Only

Current microbiology and Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines for collection and culture of ascites or peritoneal fluid indicate that it is acceptable to inoculate specimens at the bedside or within the laboratory provided the specimens are transported quickly. This is one of the few specimen types where direct inoculation at the patient bedside remains a recommended/acceptable standard of care for microbiology testing. Bedside inoculation has an increased likelihood of contamination and should only be performed by trained individuals.

Last updated Sep. 08, 2017