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Culture, Ear

Mnemonic

C EAR

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable.

Guidelines

This culture is for specimens inside the ear canal. Use Culture, Skin Superficial for external ear cultures. Order Culture, Fungus separately. If surgical, order Culture, Exudate.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Drainage or Aspirate

View Swab Collection Guide

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

Reported

Preliminary Negative: 1 day; Final Negative: 2-3 days

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Reference Values

Reference Values

Normal skin flora

Comments

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

CPT Codes

87070, 87075, 87205 (87077, 87076, 87186, 87184, 87181, 87147 as needed)

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 01:40:47 AM


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