Name: Culture, Tissue/Bone/ Abscess/Surf/Cath Tip, with Gram Stain
Test Name: Culture, Tissue/Bone/ Abscess/Surf/Cath Tip, with Gram Stain
Health Link Test Code: HCWOUC, HCBONC, WDC, HCWSURFS, HCWTIP, HCABSCS
LIS Test Code: WOUC, BONC, WSURF, WSURFS, WTIP, ABSCS
CPT Code(s): 87070, 87176, 87015, 87205; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.
Culture and Gram stain.
Methodology: Culture, Microscopy
Days Performed: Daily.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: Preliminary report: 1 day. Final report: Negative culture 5 days; Positive culture 2 days minimum.
Specimen: See collection instructions.
Collection Container: Sterile screw cap container
Also Acceptable: CultureSwab®
Avoid swab collection if aspirates or biopsy samples can be obtained. Swabs are the LEAST appropriate specimen for microbiology analysis, because the organisms isolated may only be colonizing the area and not involved in the infective process. In contrast, tissues collected during surgery or aspirates obtained through intact skin after proper disinfection are the best types of specimens to obtain for microbiologic culture, and the organisms present can often be assumed to be the cause of infection..
Submit tissue, bone, abscess fluid/aspirate, or non-intravascular catheter tip in a sterile screw cap container, or swab of surface wound.
A single 1 gram specimen is sufficient for performing fungal and aerobic culture.
For optimal culture results, transport specimen to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection.
Swab specimens collected during surgery are not acceptable.
Interpretation Type: Expected Results
Critical Calls: yes