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Time Sensitive

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UUHSC Testing Only
Ordering Recommendation

Identify bacteria from ear aspriate or drainage.

Mnemonic
MC EAR
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

Collect: Aspirate or drainage.

Specimen Preparation

Aspirate: Transfer to a sterile container. (Min: 0.1 mL)
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

Swabs of external ear canal without drainage. Dry swabs.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on pathogens.

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Standard

Note

Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.  Testing is limited to the university of Utah Health Science Center only.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87070

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060361 Culture, Ear 608-0
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Aliases
  • Culture, Ear
Ear Culture and Gram Stain