Aerobic Bacteria Culture

Last Modified: 2/4/2019 2:07:03 PM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes: For Printable Wound Collection Instructions
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements: Aerobic Culture Swab (Red cap w/out gel or Red cap w/ Pledget)
Liquid Specimens in a Syringe (Needle Removed)
Tissue in a sterile plastic container
Collection Instructions: Source Examples for this test are: Eye, Ear, Fluids, Tissue, Wounds, Etc. 

Current antibiotic therapy, collection site and/or source all must be written on the test requistion

1. Remove cap/swabs from package
2. Swab sample area
3. Return cap/swabs to tube
4. Push cap to bring swab into contact with moistened pledget

For a wound collection instructions
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 24 hours Ambient optimal
48 hours Ambient acceptable

Liquid Specimens in a Syringe (Needle Removed)
Tissue in a sterile plastic container
Reference Range: Negative
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments: Determination of organism susceptibility to an appropriate battery of antibiotics will be performed if indicated. Specimens are inoculated onto artificial growth media and incubated sufficient time to allow growth of the suspected microbe. Media type, incubation conditions and period of incubation may vary with the type of microorganism suspected. 

Positive results are rendered as soon as available either as preliminary (partial) or final (complete) reports. 

Negative reports are rendered when sufficient incubation time has elapsed without growth on culture media capable of supporting growth of the suspected organism.
Methodology: Manual
Clinical Significance:  
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 3 days
Days Performed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Parkview Regional Medical Center
PHL Test Code: CXAER
EPIC Test Code: LAB897
Alternate Test Names: Aerobic Culture; Culture, Aerobic; Culture, Micellaneous; Miscellaneous Culture; Surface Wound Culture
Included Tests: Aerobic Culture; Gram Stain; Organisim Identification if indicated; Susceptibility if indcated
CPT Coding: 87070, 87205 (Reflexes 87186, 87077)

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