Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

CULTURE, WOUND, SUPERFICIAL, AEROBIC

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
SWC      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: SWC         Geisinger Epic ID: 47496

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Superficial wound, ulcer, perianal, cutaneous abscess, lesion, folliculitis, cellulitis, furuncle, cyst, skin, eyelid
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Amies or Liquid Stuarts Swab
Specimen required:
One swab.
Special notes:
Check expiration date on transport device before use. When collecting specimen, take precaution to avoid contamination with normal bacterial flora.
Patient preparation:
Use skin disinfection procedure as appropriate.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
Immediately transport all specimens to the laboratory to optimize bacterial recovery. 
Transport temperature:
Room temperature.
Specimen stability:
Eswab/Other swab: < 72 hours.
Rejection criteria:
Improperly labeled/identified specimen. Improperly collected specimens. Expired transport device. Grossly contaminated specimens. Delay in transport or transport at the wrong temperature.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
No growth. Normal flora, if applicable.
CPT code(s):
87070
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:
Isolation and identification of aerobic pathogens. Semi-quantitation of normal flora if appropriate. Antibiotic susceptibility testing and bacterial identification performed as appropriate. Additional charges may apply.

Gram stains are not routinely performed due to the high burden of normal flora. If needed, order Gram stain separately

Methodology:
Culture
Synonyms:
Aerobic, culture, wound culture, skin, ROUT
Clinical significance:
Significance is determined by relating the growth of a particular microorganism to a specific body site/disease.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 02/19/2019

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Barbara Shoemaker
Frequency: Daily, all shifts
Performed stat? No
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