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Point of Care Testing
Pathology Lab Manual
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Wet Mount for Amoeba, Smr wet prep
Wet mount preparation for amoeba detection.
Fresh feces, duodenal aspirate
Volume and Container
Storage and Transport
Ambient temperature and transport to Microbiology Laboratory within 15 minutes.
Phone report of amoebae presence.
Causes for Rejection
Use of non-sterile container; delay in transport > 15 minutes; dried specimen received on slide; improper labeling.
Turn Around Time
CPT / HCPCS Code
0.5 mL or greater
Suspected amoebic infection.
Microbiology BA-1672 721-2807
Indicate medical necessity.
Depends on specimen source.
Observe for complications of collection procedure.
FECES Pass directly into clean dry container. Do not contaminate with urine. Select portions containing pus, blood, or mucus. Submit a second specimen on a separate day to increase probability of isolation of pathogen.
No amoebae seen
Limitations and Contraindications
Examination is highly dependent upon specimen quality and transport.
For suspected amoebic infections with negative wet mount examination, consider submitting additional specimen in Ecofix fixative for ova and parasite examination.
CPOE Test Name
Smr Wet Prep
Created at 9/8/2014 5:56 PM by Bradshaw, Keir
Last modified at 11/11/2016 3:46 PM by McMullen, Allison R.
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