CULTURE, BACTERIAL, TISSUE, QUANTITATIVE (Incudes Gram Stain)

Synonyms: Tissue Culture, Quantitative
Computer Code: QTSCS
Specimen Collection: Sample the advancing margin or active area of infection. Debride and rinse open wound with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline. Do not send necrotic material. Tissue >0.5 grams in a sterile capped container. Do not send very large pieces. Moisten with a small amount of sterile saline.
Minimum Volume:
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours..
Reference Values: No growth. Any organism isolated may be considered a potential pathogen. Debridement and ulcers tested for quantitative growth. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated.
Lab Code: MIC
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily
Routine TAT: Neg: 5 days Pos: 2-5 days
Stat TAT: Gram stain only: 60 mins from receipt
CPT Code(s): 87071, 87205
LCD or NCD:
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII