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gram stain
Computer Code: GMST
Specimen Collection: Collect as for culture. Swabs yield poor results. Send tissue or fluid when possible.

Gram stain is not performed on throat swabs, catheter tips, and hardware, bone, blood in culture bottles, and bone marrow. 

Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: See specific culture listing. 
Reference Values: Reference values are source dependent. Test must be specifically requested for all sources other than wound, respiratory, tissue and sterile fluids.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Same day 
Stat TAT: 60 min from receipt of specimen 
CPT Code(s): 87205 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 52
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 05/06/2016
Time: 05:17:11 (24hr)