BODY FLUID CULTURE (088-0054)
Synonyms: Culture, fluid
CPT4 Code: 87070, if in Bactec bottles 87040 (088-0431)
Test Order Mnemonic: C BF, if in Bactec bottle C BFBN
Test Includes: Gram stain (unless submitted in blood culture bottles); isolation of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria; and antimicrobial susceptibility testing if appropriate. Culture for anaerobic bacteria is not routinely performed on joint fluids.
Applies To: Isolation of aerobic and anaerobic organisms
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic technique; place fluid in sterile container or inject 5-10 ml of fluid into an aerobic blood culture bottle.
Storage Instructions: Room temperature
Causes for Rejection: Submission of culturette, leaking containers, request for anaerobic culture on joint fluid
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 5 days
Specimen: Peritoneal fluid, ascites, joint fluid, pleural fluid, sterile body fluids
Minimum Volume: 3 ml
Container: Sterile, leak-proof container or for large volumes inoculate aerobic blood culture bottle.
Revised 6/22/2011 by T. Friloux