Once the specimen integrity is checked at the accessioning point, the following is also checked:
- Time and date of urine collections
- Designated specimen container is used
- Correct swabs and/or wet preparation
The following step is then to place the specimen in it’s respective media plate. It is then incubated for 48 hours, with the first reading at 24 hours as well as at the end of the 48 hours. If any organisms have grown during these two readings, a wide range of antibiotic discs are placed over the organisms. This step takes another 24 hours and is conducted so that the doctor may decide on which antibiotic will give better results in fighting the infection the patient may have. These test have a turnaround time of 48 hours for individuals whose test is negative and 72 hours for those who may have an infection. All of these tests are performed on medias prepared by REMEL, a long standing company in the microbiology field.