Clinical Laboratory Guide to Services - Minnesota Dept. of Health


The Clinical Guide to Services is a comprehensive reference guide of testing services, shipping information and submission requirements. Efforts have been made to be concise and current with all information, but as testing procedures and regulations change, some information may not be current. Many of these tests are only available with prior approval from MDH. It is impossible to address all situations in this guide, so please contact us with any questions.

Specimen Requirements for Burkholderia spp.


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Specimen Type
Minimum Volume
Collection Comments
Abscess material, tissues 1 ml Collect tissues and fluids rather than swabs, when possible. Collect as needed based on clinical presentation. Appropriate Postmortem specimen.
CSF, other body fluids 1 ml Collect as needed based on clinical presentation. Appropriate Postmortem specimen.
Sputum 1 ml  
Skin swab 1 swab  
Urine 1 ml Collect a midstream clean-catch or a catheterized specimen.
Blood culture Refer to manufacturer’s recommendation Collect appropriate blood volume and number of sets per submitting lab’s protocol. Collect prior to antibiotic use if possible.
Blood in sodium polyanethol sulfonate (SPS) 8 ml Blood collected in SPS may be inoculated into blood culture bottles upon receipt at MDH.
Throat or Nasal swab 1 swab For epidemiologic purposes only. Useful only within 24 hours of exposure.
Whole blood 1 ml Collect in EDTA, purple top tube. For molecular testing, must be pre-approved by MDH.
Serum 1 ml Collect in serum separator tube (SST™) or red top tube. For molecular testing, must be pre-approved by MDH.

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