Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  


Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2034             Geisinger Epic ID: 44085

Specimen type:
Bronchial lavage/wash, BAL, tracheal aspirates, nasopharyngeal swab/aspirate/wash, throat swab, urine, tissue/biopsy, saliva swab (neonate up to 3 months of age), urogenital swab, or amniotic fluid collected in UTM or equivalent, or sterile container.
Specimen required:
Specimen in universal transport medium (UTM) or any other manufacturer's viral transport medium. A sterile screw cap cup should be used for body fluids and urine. 3 mL (0.5 mL minimum).
Special notes:
Check expiration date on all transport devices before use. See Virology Collection Appendix.

Specimen processing instructions:
To maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into UTM (equal volumes of fluid and UTM) 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 UTM or equivalent should be frozen at -70°C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage or transport at -20°C is not acceptable. Raw samples should only be refrigerated and not frozen. Tissue must be kept moist with saline or UTM media. 
Transport temperature:
Specimens in UTM: Frozen -70°C.
Other specimens: Refrigerated.
Specimen stability:
UTM: Refrigerated 4 days. Frozen at -70°C: 30 days.
Sterile container: Refrigerated 72 hours. Frozen at -70°C: Unacceptable.
All specimens: Room temperature and frozen at -20°C: Unacceptable
Rejection criteria:
CSF, blood, stool specimens. Wooden-shaft; alginate swabs; eSwab; bacterial transport media. Specimens received room temperature and -20°C are unacceptable

CPT code(s):
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.
Tissue Culture/Immunofluorescence
Quest test code 842
Cytomegalovirus culture, CMV

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