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Test Code LAB12006 Urine Culture

Department

MICROBIOLOGY

Collection Requirements

Collect specimen in sterile urine container, transfer to gray vacutainer (Fill the gray vacutainer before filling other tubes).

Specimen <2cc should be submitted in a sterile container

Primary Collection Container

Urine Culture Tubes w/Preservative (Gray)

Alternate Collection Container

Sterile Container

Transport

Refrigerated

Preferred Transport Temperature

Refrigerated

Stability

Gray Urine Vacutainer:

Ambient: 24 hours

Refrigerated: 72 hours

Sterile Container:

Ambient: 1 hour

Refrigerated: 1 hour

Minimum Testing Volume

1.0 mL

Reference Range

No growth

Methodology

Culture

Performed

Sunday – Saturday

6:00 am to 11:00 pm

Reported

3-4 days

CPT Codes

87086; Gram stain, identification, and susceptability are billed separately from culture.

Unacceptable Conditions

Gray Urine Vacutainer:

> 24 hours old room temperature

> 72 hours old refrigerated.

Sterile Container:

Comment on all specimens >1 hour old.