We offer both comprehensive cultures with full identification and
susceptibilities, and also screening culture with presumptive
identification and colony count only, for screening of OB
Cultures: We offer
conventional culture screens for Group A and non-Group A Streps
and a comprehensive throat culture for all possible pathogens.
Using a battery of selective and nonselective media, we offer a
culture that covers G.C., Group B, and other Streps, Gardnerella,
yeast, coliforms, and miscellaneous pathogens from a single swab.
and Misc. Cultures: We offer
the isolation of aerobic and facultative anaerobic bacteria from
wound swabs or aspirates. We also do ear, eye, nasopharyngeal and
sputum cultures. Susceptibilites are performed on appropriate
Screens: We offer
conventional G.C. screens from any anatomic site, plated on
Thayer Martin selective media.
Screens: When microscopy of
secretions is inconvenient or inconclusive, we offer a yeast
screening culture on selective fungal media.
Strep Screens: We use
selective media for the isolation of Group B Strep from vaginal,
rectal, or other sites. Identification is confirmed using the
Susceptibility Testing: We
perform MIC susceptibility studies routinely on appropriate
isolates. We use the MicroScan method of testing using a 96 well
plate. We typically run about 20 antibiotics, which are tailored
to the source of the culture and the identification of the
bacterium being tested.
Chlamydia EIA Testing: We
perform the Quidel enzyme immunoassay method of Chlamydia testing.
Comprehensive Perinatal Panels:
We offer many different panels used in prenatal testing, and
monitoring of pregnancies. The panels include options for Group B
Strep, G.C., Chlamydia, Gardnerella, and urine cultures.