CULTURE, EAR

Mnemonic

C

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Drainage or Aspirate

Handling

Collect specimen using a culture collection tube and transport swab or syringe. Submit capped syringe with needle removed or fluid in sterile container.

Minimum Volume

1 swab or 0.5 mL fluid

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen or dry specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Anaerobe Culture if surgical specimen

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services

Reference Values

Reference Values

Usual skin flora or Negative.

CPT Codes

87070, 87205

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018 02:09:05 PM