Synonyms: Bacterial culture, Bone
Computer Code: (BONECS)
Specimen Collection: Send specimen in sterile container with a small amount of sterile saline. Use anaerobic tissue jar if anaerobic organisms are suspected. Send small sections of suspected infected areas for proper processing. Gram stain will be performed only if any segments of tissue are attached to bone.
Minimum Volume:
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Maintain at room temperature. Transport specimen at room temperature within 24 hours.
Reference Values: No growth.
Lab Code: Microbiology
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily
Routine TAT: Neg: 5 days Pos: 2-5 days
Stat TAT: Gram stain: 60 mins after receipt
CPT Code(s): 87070, 87205
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII