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Culture- Bacterial, Deep Abscess/Aspirate (Updated)

Components

Name Method Department Units
Culture, Abscess/Aspirate Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Battery Members

Culture, Gram Stain

Specimen Requirements

Deep abscess, Aspirate

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Fine needle syringe

N/A 0.5 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 12 hour(s)

Preferred

Sterile container

N/A 1-2 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 12 hour(s)

Alternate

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Specimen container with needle attached
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Direct Gram stain included.

CPT Code

  • 87070
  • 87205