CAPD fluid

Microbiology

Notes

 Cell counting chamber under the microscope

  • Please inform laboratory when sending
  • All samples will have a white cell count and enrichment culture
  • A cloudy dialysate may also be caused by chyle, fibrin or blood

Sample requirements

Send complete dialysate bag 

Required information

  • Current or recent antibiotic therapy

Storage/transport

Dialysate bags should be transported in a rigid outer container.

Samples should be transported to the laboratory with minimal delay.  Refrigerate samples if transport is delayed.

Turnaround time

Cell count and microscopy on day of receipt

Standard culture 2 – 4 days

Enrichment culture 5 – 7 days


Page last reviewed: 15/05/2014