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bone culture
Synonyms: Bacterial culture, Bone 
Computer Code: (BONECS)
Specimen Collection: Send specimen in sterile container with a small amount of sterile saline. Use anaerobic tissue jar if anaerobic organisms are suspected. Send small sections of suspected infected areas for proper processing. Gram stain will be performed only if any segments of tissue are attached to bone. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Maintain at room temperature. Transport specimen at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: No growth.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 5 days Pos: 2-5 days 
Stat TAT: Gram stain: 60 mins after receipt 
CPT Code(s): 87070, 87205 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14, 52
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 09/30/2014
Time: 09:56:08 (24hr)