AEROBIC CULTURE (088-0065)
Synonyms: Routine Culture; Culture, routine, wound culture
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C WD, C ABS
Test Includes: Gram stain, isolation of aerobic bacteria, and identification and antimicrobial susceptibility when appropriate
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic collection of purulent material, drainage, or tissue is preferred. Swab acceptable
Storage Instructions: Room temperature
Causes for Rejection: Leaking container
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Preliminary report after 1 day, final report after 2-3 days
Special Instructions: Order Wound culture if superficial infection site and Abscess culture if the site is a deep wound abscess. Note any pertinent clinical information or suspected organism recovery on the requisition. For a direct gram stain to be performed, two swabs must be collected. Dual swab culturettes are available through Materials Management.
Specimen: Wounds, boils, lesions, incision sites, aspirates of abscess, bone or deep tissue site.
Container: Culturettes, dual swab so gram stain and culture can be performed
Revised 6/22/2011 by T. Friloux