Veripath Test Directory

Epic Test Name GRAM STAIN
Synonyms Smear
Description Detect WBC's and presence and type of microorgnisms in specimens.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Sterile plastic container, bacterial swab, syringe, or CSF vial.
Specimen Type Body fluids, tissues, exudates, or CSF.Specimen source required.
Preferred Collection Volume CSF: 1 mL; swab: 1 gram or mL
Minimum Collection Volume CSF: 1 mL; swab
Collection Instructions Ambient: 1 wk Refrigerated: 1 wk Frozen: Unacceptable
Specimen Handling Transport at 20-25C
Rejection Criteria Bone marrow, blood, stool, or body fluid inoculated in culture bottles.Vaginal specimens, throat, or nasal specimens. Specimens > 24 hrs.
Methodology Stain/Microscopy
Reference Range Negative. No organisms seen.
CPT Code(s) 87205
Department Microbiology
Contact Information Ph: 214-633-4940
Turn Around Time1 hr medical emergency, 8 hrs routine.
Performed Daily
Performed by Microbiology
Notes Gram Stain is also used to detect fungi and replaces the India Ink test on CSF.
Updated/Reviewed 02/22/2018