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culture, bacterial, wound with smear
Synonyms: Wound Culture 
Computer Code: WDCS
Specimen Collection: Remove necrotic tissue, debris and superficial exudate from open wounds. Cleanse with non-bacteriostatic saline. Collect fluid, tissue or swab from advancing portion of wound. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Maintain and transport at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: No growth. Any organism isolated may be considered a potential pathogen. Multiple organisms may indicate colonization and not infection. (Test includes gram stain preparation.) Also see Culture, Bacterial, Tissue Biopsy, Aspirate or Abscess. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 2 days Pos: 2-4 days 
Stat TAT: Gram stain only: 60 min after receipt on request. 
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: 17:25:54 (24hr)