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4446: Culture, Aerobic and Anaerobic with Gram Stain Print View
Specimen Source:      
Status:      
Gram Stain:      
Aerobic Culture      
Anaerobic Culture      


Deep wound/abscess infections are often caused by a mixture of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.

Tissues and fluids are superior to a swab specimen. If swabs must be
used, collect 2 anaerobic transport swabs, one for culture and one
for gram stain OR submit one anaerobic transport swab with one air
dried smear OR one ESwab (white-cap) for both culture and gram stain.
Specimens not listed as acceptable may be processed for anaerobic
culture only after consultation with a Quest Microbiology Scientific
Director. Do not submit syringe with needle attached. If submitting
syringe, remove needle,expel air and cap syringe. Purulent sterile
body fluids not submitted in an anaerobic transport tube may
be accepted for culture if received within 8 hours of collection.
Setup Schedule
Sunday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
5 days

CPT Codes
87070,87075,87205

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Notes
Specimen Requirements: 3 mL or 3 grams abscess or Deep Wound or Tissue or Normally sterile body fluids other than blood or bronchoscopic specimens obtained by the Double Lumen Brush technique, suprapubic urine aspirates obtained from bladder or Nephrostomy tube or suprapubic catheterization or Aspirated pus from deep wound or abscess or tympanocentesis fluid or Genital specimens from these sites only: -cul-de-sac aspiration -culdocentesis -percutaneous transfundal aspiration or Genital specimens from these sites only: fallopian tube, surgical specimens, exudates collected in a Anaerobic transport gel vial for fluid and tissue specimens or Anaerobic transport swab with Amies gel (blue-cap) or ESwab (white-cap) Acceptable: (2 swabs) abscess or deep wound, normally sterile body fluids other than blood, bronchoscopic specimens obtained by the Double Lumen Brush technique, suprapubic urine aspirates obtained from bladder, nephrostomy tube or suprapubic catheterization, aspirated pus from deep wound or abscess or tympanocentesis fluid, genital specimens from these sites only: -cul-de-sac aspiration -culdocentesis - percutaneous transfundal aspiration, fallopian tube, surgical specimens, exudates collected in Amies gel (blue-cap) or ESwab (white-cap) Reject Criteria: Specimens not in anaerobic transport medium; expired transport media; throat specimens, nasopharyngeal specimens, sputum or bronchoscopic specimens; specimens not collected by Double Lumen Brush technique; stool and rectal swabs; urine-voided or catheter; vaginal and cervical; specimens from sites contaminated with intestinal contents; superficial or fresh wounds; external ear; external eye; intrauterine device; tracheal aspirates Transport Temperature: Room temperature Methodology: Direct Microscopy; Bacterial Culture; Aerobic and Anaerobic Isolation If culture is positive, organism identifications will be performed at an add






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