GRAM STAIN (088-0012)
Synonyms: Direct Gram Stain
CPT 4 Code: 87205
Test Order Mnemonic: C GS (Use if only a gram stain is needed --no bacterial culture) or if ordering STAT or not part of a usual test.
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Aseptic technique, collect appropriate sample
Storage Instructions: Source dependent
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Routine: 4 hours; STAT: 1 hour from receipt of the specimen in the laboratory
Special Instructions: A direct gram stain is routinely performed on specimens from most body sites if two swabs are submitted or if fluid, aspirate or tissue is submitted. Order a gram stain separately when it is needed STAT or from urine, feces (order fecal leukocyte), or other source that does not routinely include a gram stain. Call Microbiology laboratory (21125) with questions.
Specimen: Any body site
Container: Sterile container
Test Method: Gram Stain
Revised 6/24/2011 by T. Friloux