Body Fluid Culture and Gram Stain
0060108
Ordering Recommendation
 
Mnemonic
MC BF
Methodology
Stain/Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-5 days
Preliminary: Negative at 1 day; Final: Negative at 5 days
Positive cultures are reported as soon as detected.  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive

Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Aspirate of amniotic, culdocentesis, pericardial, peritoneal, synovial, thoracentesis, or fluid.
OR body fluid collected in blood culture bottle(s), accompanied by original fluid (if possible).  
Specimen Preparation
Transfer 5 mL aspirate to a sterile tube, sterile container, or anaerobe gel transport tube. (Min: 2 mL) Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimens submitted in anticoagulant other than SPS. Syringes with needle attached.  
Remarks
Specimen source required.  
Stability
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
No growth.
Identification and susceptibility performed on positive cultures.  
Interpretive Data
 
Note
Gram stain, identification, and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture. Anaerobe culture is NOT included with this order. Anaerobe culture is recommended for body fluids, tissue, and deep wound/surgical cultures. If anaerobe culture is needed, please order Anaerobe Culture (ARUP test code 0060143) and use anaerobic collection device for transportation.
CPT Code(s)
87070
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0060108Culture, Body Fluid610-6
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Aliases
  • Culture, Body Fluid