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Epic Test Name CULTURE EYE EAR SINUS NP
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Synonyms Culture eye, corneal culture, scrapings, optic culture, vitreous fluid culture; ear; sinus
Description Identify bacteria from eye drainage, fluid or scrapings. Identify bacteria from ear aspirate or drainage.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Swab in bacterial transport media; fluid in sterile plastic container (leakproof).
Specimen Type Culture eye, corneal culture, optic culture, vitreous fluid culture; ear; sinus
Preferred Collection Volume Fluid: 1 mL; bacterial swab.
Minimum Collection Volume Fluid: 0.5 mL; bacterial swab
Collection Instructions Media is available from Microbiology lab for direct inoculation, particularly for corneal scrapings.
Specimen Handling Transport swab in bacterial transport media, fluid in sterile container, inoculated media at 20 - 25 C. Stability (collection to initiation of testing): ambient: 24 hrs; refrigerated: unacceptable; frozen: unacceptable.
Rejection Criteria Nonsterile or leaking containers and dry swabs.
Methodology Stain/Culture/Identification
Reference Range No organisms seen.
CPT Code(s) 87070
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Phone: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimePreliminary: 1 day; Final: 2 days.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
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Notes
Updated/Reviewed 12/15/2016


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