On March 31, 2008, the Microbiology Department will be moving to the new MuirLab Core Lab in Concord. In order to expedite STAT gram stains on specimens that will need to be read in the hospital, we are requesting that two swabs of the specimen be submitted to the Laboratory. One swab will be used to make the gram stain and the second one will be used to inoculate the media for culture. This is required in order to insure that the culture specimen is not contaminated in the process of making the slide for the gram stain.
If there are questions about this process, please contact Janet Long, Microbiology Supervisor at (925) 692-5671 or Susan Sheldon at (925) 674-2180. Thank you.