Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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

CULTURE BLOOD

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
BLC      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: 87040         Geisinger Epic ID: 7533

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Blood
Preferred collection container:
Special notes:
Blood Culture Bottles are not recommended for Histoplasmosis, Legionella (LC), or Mycobacteria (AFBC). Please refer to these other tests for complete information. Specify if Malassezia furfur is suspected (additional studies are performed). See Microbiology Collection Appendix.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Room temperature
Specimen stability:
Room temperature < 24 hours for Blood Culture Bottles
Rejection criteria:
Greater than 4 sets per day. Improperly labeled/identified specimens. Grossly contaminated specimens. Delay in transport or transport at wrong temperature.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
No growth
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Any bacterial/fungal isolate detected
Additional information:
If 2 sets of blood cultures are requested by an Epic provider, order a BLC and BLC2 in Sunquest. Each test code is for a single set of bottles. Blood culture bottles are continuously monitored for up to 5 days before a final result is issued.

For bacterial or fungal sepsis, two sets of cultures per patient collected by separate venipuncture is the standard of care for the Geisinger Health System for all adults and children.
CPT code(s):
87040
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 and/or anaerobic bacteria and yeast. Identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing performed as appropriate. Additional charges may apply.
Methodology:
Culture
Synonyms:
BLOOD, BLOOD CULTURE
SEPSIS
ENDOCARDITIS
CULTURE
SEPTICEMIA
Clinical significance:
Use for diagnosis of suspect septicemia due to bacteria or yeast. Susceptibility testing and organism identification routinely performed on clinically significant isolates.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 05/06/2019

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

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

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Theresa Serafin    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? No

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Lorraine Conway    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? No

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Christon Henderson  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Community Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Kaitlyn Clarke  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? No

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Kris Robb  
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat?

Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical specialist: Beth Houser, PhD    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? No

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical specialist: Kenneth Starr    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? No
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