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culture, bacterial, tissue, quantitative (incudes gram stain)
Synonyms: Tissue Culture, Quantitative 
Computer Code: QTSCS
Specimen Collection: Sample the advancing margin or active area of infection. Debride and rinse open wound with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline. Do not send necrotic material. Tissue >0.5 grams in a sterile capped container. Do not send very large pieces. Moisten with a small amount of sterile saline. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours.. 
Reference Values: No growth. Any organism isolated may be considered a potential pathogen. Debridement and ulcers tested for quantitative growth. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 5 days Pos: 2-5 days 
Stat TAT: Gram stain only: 60 mins from receipt 
CPT Code(s): 87071, 87205 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14, 52
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 10/01/2014
Time: 04:23:45 (24hr)