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Culture- Bacterial, Nasopharynx

Components

Name Method Department Units
Culture, N/P Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Nasal swab

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Alternate

Mini-tipped polyester swab

N/A
Stability

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

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong type of specimen
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature

Comments

Culture performed for determination of colonization by Staphylococcus aureus unless specific potential pathogen is indicated, not for diagnosis or treatment of an infectious process. Susceptibility testing is NOT performed.

CPT Code

  • 87081