Mobile Clinical Branch

The Clinical Branch provides Urine Culture and Sensitivity, Syphilis, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Neiserria gonorrheae analysis for BCL health care providers. The Branch performs testing of clinical specimens within the compliance guidelines of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). Since 2009, the Branch has had a 30% specimen volume increase with eight additional counties added to its service area.

Syphilis Serology Section

The Syphilis Serology Section performs syphilis testing on patient blood or serum using the VDRL (Venereal Disease Research Laboratory) method with a confirmation of positives using the TP-PA (Treponema pallidum-particle agglutination) test. The VDRL can also give the diagnostician an indication of the stage of the syphilis disease. The TP-PA confirmation is used on specimens that are reactive by VDRL test and is a useful diagnosis of late stage syphilis that demonstrates a nonreactive VDRL.

Chlamydia trachomatis/Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/GC)

The (CT/GC) section of the Clinical Branch performs testing for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrheae (gonococcus) using nucleic acid amplification technology. Testing can be performed on cervical or urethral swabs and urine.

Urine Culture and Sensitivity Section

Urine Culture and Sensitivity is a state wide program responsible for identifying and quantifying bacteria which can cause urinary tract infections. In addition, anti-microbial susceptibilities are given using modern instrumentation to provide accurate values for antibiotic treatment against these bacteria. Compliance with Federal guidelines is employed following Clinical Laboratory Standards and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

Proper specimen transport time is critical in maintaining the integrity of specimens and may be compromised if not received in the laboratory within 48 hours after collection. Instructions for proper collection and transport are available to facilitate the accuracy of results.

Urine Collection and Transport Instructions

See also, Mobile Environmental Branch and Shellfish Branch.


Page last updated: April 12, 2017