CULTURE, BACTERIAL, INNER EAR with gram stain

Synonyms: Ear Culture, Inner
Computer Code: EARCS
Specimen Collection: Tympanocentesis fluid. Culturette swab of exudate.
Minimum Volume:
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours.
Reference Values: No growth. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated.
Lab Code: MIC
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily
Routine TAT: Neg: 2 day Pos: 1-3 days
Stat TAT: gram stain only: 1 hour from receipt
CPT Code(s): 87070, 87205
LCD or NCD:
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII