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Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria in wounds. Anaerobe culture is recommended for body fluids, tissue, and deep wound/surgical cultures. Refer to Anaerobe Culture and Gram Stain (0060143).

Mnemonic
MC W
Methodology

Stain/Culture/Identification

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Negative at 5 days
Positives as soon as detected

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

Aspirate, purulent material or swab.

Specimen Preparation

Aspirate fluid: Transfer to a sterile container.
Purulent Material: Transfer to a sterile tube or anaerobe transport media.
Swab: Place in Eswab transport media (ARUP Supply #45877) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-
2787.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Syringes with needle attached. Dry swabs.

Remarks

Refrigerated specimens are not recommended for recovery of some fastidious organisms such as Neisseria spp.

Stability

Sterile Container: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Eswab:
Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

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

Interpretive Data



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

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.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87070

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060132 Culture, Wound 632-0
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Aliases
  • Abscess Culture
  • Aerobic Bacteria Culture
  • Aerobic Culture
  • Bacteria, Aerobic, Culture
  • Culture, Wound
Wound Culture and Gram Stain