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culture, bacterial, tissue, non- quantitative (incudes gram stain)
Synonyms: Tissue Culture, Non-Quantitative 
Computer Code: TISCS
Specimen Collection: 1-2 cm tissue in a sterile capped container. Sample the advancing margin or active area of infection. Debride and rinse open wound with sterile non-bacteriostatic saline. Do not send necrotic material. Do not send very large pieces. Moisten with a small amount of sterile saline. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: No growth. Any organism isolated may be considered a potential pathogen. Surgically obtained specimens other than debridements are not quantitative. 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 mins 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: 04/23/2014
Time: 13:30:51 (24hr)