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Culture, Body Fluid

Mnemonic

C BF

Synonym

Body Fluid Culture

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility if generally applicable.

Guidelines

Use this order for normally sterile fluids except CSF, amniotic fluid and urine that have separate orders. Do not use this test order for swab specimens. Synovial fluid cultures will be held 14 days to rule out Cutibacterium.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Decontaminate site with scrub/prep. Use aseptic collection.

Collect

Aspirate of peritoneal, thoracentesis, synovial, pericardial, bile or culdocentesis fluid

Handling

Collect specimen in sterile tightly sealed container, sterile-capped syringe with the needle removed, anaerobic transport tube or blood culture bottle. When using blood culture bottles, wipe septum with alcohol before inserting fluid. Must specify specimen source on order or requisition.

Preferred Volume

1.0-20.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

EDTA tubes, frozen, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

Preliminary Negative: 1 day; Final Negative: 5 days

Final Negative Synovial Fluid: 14 days

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic Culture performed on properly collected specimens

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative

Critical Values

Positive stain or culture

Comments

Additional charges for identification of organisms (CPT 87077).  Susceptibility tests are performed as appropriate (CPT 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147).

CPT Codes

87070, 87075, 87205 (87077, 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147 as needed)

Last Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019 02:13:25 AM


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