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abscess culture
Computer Code: (ABCCS)
Specimen Collection: Remove surface exudate. Rinse with sterile saline. If closed to surface clean with 70% alcohol. Aspirate abscess material if possible into a sterile container or insert a swab deep into the infected area. Transport as soon as possible. 
Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL 
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: Negative  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: 1-3 days 
Stat TAT: NA 
CPT Code(s): 87070 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 04/23/2014
Time: 16:31:41 (24hr)