60500:EAR CULTURE & GRAM STAIN

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60500:EAR CULTURE & GRAM STAIN
Methodology: Culture / Microscopic Exam
Edit Date: 9/29/2010
Performed: Daily
Released: Preliminary at 24 hours. Final at 48-72 hours.
CPT Code: 87205 / 87070
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Specimen from outer ear with Routine Culture transport swab. Collect specimen from inner ear with sterile syringe.
Handling: If syringe is submitted, the needle must be removed and the syringe capped.
Stability: 24 hours ambient. Unstable frozen.
Transport: Ambient.
Comments: Potential pathogens will be identified. Susceptibility testing will be done if appropriate. Additional charges will be added for these tests.
Rejection Criteria: Delayed transport; unsterile container; frozen specimen; swab not in transport medium.