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Gram Stain Direct Smear

Components

Name Method Department Units
Smear, Gram Stain Gram stain technique
CMI, Microbiology

Specimen Requirements

Urine

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Sterile container

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 2 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Stool

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Dual culture swab system

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)

Alternate

Sterile container

N/A
Stability

Room temperature - 2 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to the lab immediately after collection

Miscellaneous specimen

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Sterile container

N/A
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

  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not submitted in proper transport media

Comments

STAT smears performed within 1 hour. Stool sample submitted for Gram stain will be screened for the presence of PMN's only.

CPT Code

  • 87205