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Methodology: Culture
Edit Date: 6/11/2010
Performed: Daily
Released: Preliminary at 24 hours. Final at 2-5 days.
CPT Code: 87081
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Specimen from any site using a Routine Culture transport swab. Collect fluid in a sterile container.
Stability: Transport swab stable 24 hours ambient. Other specimens stable 2 hours ambient or 24 hours refrigerated. All specimen types unstable frozen.
Minimum Volume: 1 mL, if fluid.
Transport: Transport swab ambient. Other specimens ambient or refrigerated.
Comments: Specify suspected organism. Tests will be done to rule out or confirm the requested organism. Susceptibility testing will be done if appropriate. Additional charges will be added for these tests.
Rejection Criteria: Delayed transport; unsterile container; frozen specimen; lavender top tube (EDTA); swab not in transport media. Unless specimen is considered difficult to recollect, leaking containers will be rejected if source is respiratory, or if there is an indication of mycobacterial infection such as clinical history or orders for Acid-Fast Bacillus (AFB) culture and/or smear.

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