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Culture, Skin Superficial

Mnemonic

C SKIN SUP

Synonym

Skin culture

Includes

Susceptibility performed on significant isolates with available standardized criteria.  Does NOT include anaerobic culture or Gram stain.

Guidelines

Preferably, collect before therapy. Do NOT use this order for actual pieces of tissue, see Culture, Tissue. For deep complicated wounds see Culture, Exudate. Collect sample from base or advancing margin of lesion. Order AFB, Fungus, Virology or Gram Stain separately.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Decontaminate site with scrub/prep. Use aseptic collection. Aspiration of fluid, injection of 0.1-0.5 mL nonbacteriostatic saline with aspiration at advancing border acceptable or swab of open lesion.

Collect

Use culture collection-transport swab or syringe.

View Swab Collection Guide

Handling

Fluid in capped syringe needle removed or sterile container. Must specify specimen source on order or requisition. Deliver to laboratory ASAP.

Preferred Volume

1 swab, 0.5 mL fluid

Minimum Volume

1 swab

Transport

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimen, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient in transport media: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

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

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Reference Values

Reference Values

No growth

Comments

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

CPT Codes

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 01:43:32 AM


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