MED-X Specimen Collection and Testing - Minnesota Dept. of Health

MED-X Specimen Collection and Testing

Specimen collection, handling, kits, and shipping information.

Specimen collection kits

  • MDH provides free specimen collection kits which include a variety of containers for storing fresh tissue and viral transport media. There are coolers available for transport as well.

Special note about bacterial cultures

  • Please process bacterial cultures separately; the MDH laboratory does not do routine bacterial cultures.

What to collect

If an autopsy is done, collect specimens and submit them for appropriate testing.

If an autopsy is done, collect specimens and submit them for appropriate testing.

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Table 3: Specimens and Testing (PDF)

Specimen Possible Testing Description Container
Blood Bacterial culture 5ml aerobic & anaerobic Use local lab
Serum Serologic assays/Tox 10ml Marble top vacutainer
NP Swab Viral Culture 1 swab Viral transport
Urine Culture/ Antigen tests 20ml Orange top, sterile
Fresh or frozen tissue from affected organs Viral culture or PCR 1cm cubes (can keep refrigerated up to 4 days) Clean vials
Formalin-fixed tissues Histo-pathology, IHC, In situ hybridization PCR All organs Orange top, sterile
Paraffin-embedded tissues Histo-pathology, IHC, ISH, PCR Affected organs  

Collect additional specimens based on antemortem signs and symptoms, and pathologic syndromes.

Collect additional specimens based on antemortem signs and symptoms, and pathologic syndromes.

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Table 4: Additional Specimens and Testing (PDF)

Syndrome Specimen Description Container
Respiratory Deep lung swab 1 swab each lung Bacterial & viral transport
Neurologic CSF 10ml Purple top or sterile container
Gastrointestinal Stool   Clean vial
Dermatologic Skin/soft tissue swab or tissue sample   Bacterial & viral transport or clean vial

Updated Sunday, 13-Jan-2019 13:52:17 CST