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Epic Test Name CULTURE STERILE SITE
Components Culture and Gram Stain
Synonyms Sterile culture
Description Identify bacteria in normally sterile body sources.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile container.
Specimen Type Body fluid, tissue or bone collected in a sterile, aseptic, or surgical manner.
Preferred Collection Volume 1 mL
Minimum Collection Volume 0.5 mL
Collection Instructions Collect into a sterile container or syringe.
Specimen Handling Stability: ambient; 24 hrs, refrigerated; 24 hrs
Rejection Criteria Non-sterile or leaking containers
Methodology Stain/Culture/Identification
Reference Range No growth.
CPT Code(s) 87070,87205
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph: 214-633-4940
Turn Around TimePreliminary: negative at 1 day. Final: negative at 3 days. Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
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Notes Identification and susceptibility performed on positive cultures when appropriate. Anaerobe culture is recommended for body fluids, tissue and deep wound/surgical cultures.
Updated/Reviewed 12/15/2016


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