Test Catalog

Test ID: BLACT    

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

A loopful of test organism is placed on a Cefinase disk, which contains the chromogenic cephalosporin, nitrocefin. Beta-lactamase will produce a change from yellow to red within 1 hour and usually within 5 minutes.(Antimicrobial susceptibility testing. In Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. Fifth edition. Edited by EW Koneman, SD Allen, WM Janda, et al: New York, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1997, pp 828-831)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) Performed Outlines the days the test is performed. This field reflects the day that the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means that assays are performed multiple times during the day.

Monday through Sunday

Report Available The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

1 to 3 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

1 month

Performing Laboratory Location Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test