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culture, bacterial, cystic fibrosis with smear
Synonyms: Cystic Fibrosis Culture 
Computer Code: CFCS
Specimen Collection: Sputum, bronchial wash, brush or lavage; tracheal aspirate. Submit specimens in sterile, capped container. Throat swab is acceptable only from cystic fibrosis patients. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at 2-8ÂșC within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: Normal Respiratory Flora: alpha-hemolytic Streptococci, non-hemolytic Streptococci, Micrococcus sp., Neisseria sp., Coryneforme bacilli, some Haemophius species. Potential pathogens may include: Haemophilus influenzae, gram negative bacilli, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, yeast. Beta hemolytic Streptococci group A in any quantity is considered a pathogen. In order to distinguish between normal respiratory flora and lower respiratory tract pathogens, a Gram Stain is used to interpret the culture results. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated or requested. Gram stains are not performed on throat swabs. To rule out Burkholderia cepacia a cystic fibrosis culture is preferred.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: 3-7 days 
Stat TAT: NA 
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: 04/24/2014
Time: 16:27:22 (24hr)