Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2455             Geisinger Epic ID: 44086

Specimen type:
Nasal/nasopharyngeal, bronchial lavage, nasopharyngeal lavage, endocervical, eye or lesion (vesicle) aspirate, urethra, vaginal, rectal mucosa (without feces) or throat
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
Specimen in universal transport medium (UTM) or any other manufacturer's viral transport medium
Special notes:
Check expiration date on all transport devices before use. See Virology Collection Appendix.

Specimen processing instructions:
To maintain optimum viability, place swab into VCM (equal volumes of fluid/tissue and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8°C or kept on wet ice following collection and while in transit. If there will be a long delay before processing, specimens in VCM or equivalent should be frozen at -70°C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage or transport at -20°C is not acceptable. Refrigerated. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (preferred) or frozen at -80°C.
Specimen stability:
Refrigerated: 4 days. Frozen: Specimens frozen at -20°C are not acceptable. Specimens frozen at -80°C are stable for 30 days.
Rejection criteria:
CSF • Sputum • Raw (unpreserved) stool • Dry swabs • Molecular transport systems • Bacterial transport systems • Tissue or biopsies in formalin or other fixatives • Calcium alginate swabs • Wooden shaft swabs • Non gel-based bacterial transports. Specimens frozen at -20°C are not acceptable.

CPT code(s):
87140, 87255
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
If culture is positive, then typing will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87140 per typing).
Centrifuge-enhanced Culture
Histochemical Stain
Monoclonal Fluorescent Antibody Typing
Quest test code 2649

Performing Locations

Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Setup: Monday-Saturday. Report available: 1-2 days.    
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