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pawsPathologyManual: Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Lonic Code

 

Test Name

Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Synonyms

Culture Aerobic Bacterial, Cul Aerobe

Test Consists

Aerobic Culture; no Gram stain reported.

Specimen Requirements

Abscess, aspirate, biopsy, bone, catheter tips, cyst, drainage, cornea, lesion, lymph node, tissue, ulcer, valve, vesicle, or wound.

Volume and Container

Sterile sealed leakproof container. While accepted, swabs are markedly inferior sampling of the infected area.

Storage and Transport

Ambient temperature and transport to Microbiology Laboratory within 30 minutes of collection.

Critical Values

Phone report of epidemiologically significant bacteria.

Causes for Rejection

Use of nonsterile container; leaking specimen; delay in transport; improper labeling; insufficient quantity

Turn Around Time

Preliminary Culture Report  24 hours; Final  2-5 days

Availability

 

CPT / HCPCS Code

Aerobic Culture 87070;   Definitive Aerobic ID 87077;   Susceptibility 87186

Medicare Fee

 

Comments

Gram stain recommended to guide initial therapy and to aid in interpretation of culture results. Swabs collect and release minimal volumes of material that may not be representative of the infection. Avoid their use whenever possible.

Row Stamp

17,219,359

Last Updated

10/07/2003 10:59:27

Volume

0.5 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Indications

Suspected aerobic bacterial infection.

Professional Fee

 

Tech Charge

 

Total Fee

 

Special Instructions

 

Lab

Microbiology  BA-1672  721-2807

Schedule

24/7/365

Request Form

Indicate medical necessity.

Methodology

Aerobic culture using nonselective and selective media.

Patient Prep

Sterile preparation of site.

Post Processing

Observe for complications of collection procedure.

Collection Guidelines

Aseptic collection, proper skin or mucosal prep before aspiration.

Reference Range

No growth

Limitations and Contraindications

Cultures from nonsterile sites growing >3 aerobic organisms have limited identification performed unless the requesting physician deems further culture workup is clinically indicated.

Interpretation

 

Additional Information

Potentially pathogenic bacteria are identified to the level necessary to guide therapy.  Susceptibility is performed on potential pathogens that do not have a predictable susceptibility.

CPOE Test Name

Aerobic Culture

Status

1

AUDIT_DEL

 

Attachments

Created at 9/8/2014 5:56 PM by Bradshaw, Keir
Last modified at 11/16/2016 3:41 PM by McMullen, Allison R.