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Ordering Recommendation

Quantitative culture to identify bacterial causes of urinary tract infections.

Mnemonic
MC U
Methodology

Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 3 days
Positives as soon as detected

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Midstream urine or foley catheter urine.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer urine to a sterile container. (Min: 1 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer urine to a boric acid transport tube (fill to minimum line).

Storage/Transport Temperature

Unpreserved: Refrigerated.
Boric Acid Transport Tube: Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Urine from catheter bag. Multiple (more than one in 24 hours), 24-hour, or pooled specimens. Foley catheter tips (syringe with needle attached). Delayed transport of unpreserved urine (greater than two hours at room temperature or greater than 24 hours refrigerated).

Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Unpreserved: Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.
Boric Acid Tube: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.

Reference Interval

No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on significant isolates.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Gram stain is performed by request only. Results indicate colony count plus identification of significant isolates.

For invasively or straight catheter collected urine specimens order Urine Culture, Invasive Collection (2008116).

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87088; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060131 Culture, Urine 630-4
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Aliases
  • Aerobic Bacteria Culture, Urine
  • Bacterial Culture, Aerobic, Urine
  • Culture, Aerobic Bacteria, Urine
  • Culture, Urine
Urine Culture