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*SMEAR, GRAM STAIN ONLY

Mnemonic

SM GRAM

Synonym

Gram Stain

Includes

Quantitation of organisms, epithelial cells and polymorphonuclear leukocytes

Guidelines

Use this order for cultures that do not already include a Gram stain e.g. throat, skin and urine. Concurrent culture recommended.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Skin prep if applicable

Collect

Fluid in sterile container, swab in transport system, smear on a slide

Preferred Volume

Site dependent

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL fluid, 1 swab or 1 smear

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Leaking or nonsterile container

Stability

Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

60 minutes

Method

Microscopy

Reference Values

Reference Values

Site dependent.

Critical Values

Site dependent.

CPT Codes

87205

Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:09:49 AM


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