CULTURE, BACTERIAL, URINE without gram stain

Synonyms: Urine Culture
Computer Code: (URCO)
Specimen Collection: Clean catch or catheter specimen or gray-topped preservative tube. Urine is stable 48 hrs at room temp in preservative. Add urine at least to minimum mark. Do not collect urine from catheter collection bag.
Minimum Volume: >1.0 mL
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature in preservative within 48 hours.
Reference Values: No growth. Generally, colony counts of 10,000 to >100,000 may be significant in the presence of one or two organisms. Cultures containing 3 or more organisms are defined as contaminated. Exceptions depend on collection method and patient history.
Lab Code: MIC
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily
Routine TAT: Neg: 1 day Pos: 2-3 days
Stat TAT: N/A
CPT Code(s): 87086
LCD or NCD:
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII