61054:TRACHEAL CULTURE & GRAM STAIN

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61054:TRACHEAL CULTURE & GRAM STAIN
Alias Names: Respiratory Culture & Gram Stain
Methodology: Culture / Microscopic Exam
Edit Date: 3/17/2009
Performed: Daily
Released: Preliminary at 24 hours. Final at 48-72 hours.
CPT Code: 87205 / 87070
Specimen Collection Details
Collection: Tracheal specimen or aspirated sputum using a sterile suction trap, sterile plastic container or transport swab; endotracheal tube in sterile container or transport medium.
Stability: 2 hours ambient, 24 hours refrigerated. Unstable frozen.
Standard Volume: 2 mL fluid.
Minimum Volume: 1 mL fluid.
Transport: Ambient or refrigerated.
Comments: The quality of the specimen will be assessed with a gram stain. Specimen with greater than 10 squamous epithelial cells per low power field and no bacteria seen on gram stain will be rejected. 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 or leaking container; frozen specimen; poor quality specimen (presence of greater than 10 epithelial cells per low power field and no bacteria seen on gram stain).