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culture, bacterial, fluid, body fluid with smear
Synonyms: Body Fluid Culture (normally sterile sites) 
Computer Code: FLDC
Specimen Collection: Normally sterile body fluids include pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic, bile synovial, aqueous and vitreous fluids. At least 1 mL fluid in sterile container. Collect pleural fluid and joint fluid in green top (heparinized) tube. If blood culture bottles are used, send separate aliquot for gram stain. 
Minimum Volume: 1 mL 
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: No 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 min from 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: 04/19/2014
Time: 11:11:11 (24hr)