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Bacterial Culture and Gram stain, Wound, Superficial skin

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P080
Test group Bacterial Culture
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shifts
Collection Instructions Submit pus in a syringe after removing needle. If there is insufficient pus to aspirate, submit two sterile swabs in charcoal-containing transport medium.

If anaerobic culture is desired, check the box on the request slip for 'AEROBIC & ANAEROBIC'.
Container type Syringe w/out needle, swab in transport media
Sample type Aspirate or swab
UCSF Rejection Criteria Swabs not received in transport media.
Processing notes Maintain sample at room temperature
Normal range
Stability Room temperature 24 hours (after 12 hours the recovery of fastidious organisms may be compromised)
Reflex? If bacteria are detected that are not normal mixed flora they are automatically identified and susceptibility testing is performed.

Full ID and/or susceptibility testing may be omitted upon request when sample is submitted for testing.
Additional information Includes aerobic culture and gram stain. Incubated for 48 hours.
CPT coding 87205; 87070
Last Updated 6/22/2016 12:33:38
Entry Number 103
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