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culture, bone, bacterial
Synonyms: Bone Culture, Bacterial 
Computer Code: BONEC
Specimen Collection: Send in sterile container with small amount of sterile saline to keep moist. Use anaerobic tissue jar to transport if anaerobic organisms are suspected. Send small sections of suspected infected areas for proper processing. Do not send large pieces of bone. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: No growth. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated. Gram stain is not performed on bone unless tissue is attached.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 5 days Pos: 2-5 days 
Stat TAT: NA 
CPT Code(s): 87070 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 07/26/2014
Time: 07:11:12 (24hr)