Sterility Culture

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: C STERILE; C OSTERILE (RML Laboratories ONLY)
POE DESCRIPTION: CU ENVIROMENTAL
CPT CODE: 87071
CDM NUMBER: 3422003
TEST INFORMATION: The test includes isolation and identification of microorganisms. Susceptibility testing is NOT performed. Quantitation of microorganisms may be provided.
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily, 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: Preliminary culture reports are available after 24 hours. Cultures with no growth will be finalized after 72 hours. Completion of culture reports may take 3-5 days after receipt of the culture when multiple isolates are found and identifications are requested.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Specify source of the specimen and whether quantitation and/or identification of microorganisms is required. The following information must be specified: client number, name of a contact person, and the laboratory submitting the specimen.
CONTAINER TYPE: Sealed sterile container, no preservative.
REJECTION CRITERIA: Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 1 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate.
REFERENCE RANGE: No growth
METHODOLOGY: Conventional culture media; quantitation may be provided for fluid specimens.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This test should be used to assess the sterility or determine the pathogen-free status of materials or equipment utilized in patient care and/or non-patient care areas. Susceptibility testing is NOT performed. Identification may consist of an isolate Gram stain description or an isolate genus name only based upon the type of specimen submitted. Quantitation may NOT be provided based upon the type of specimen submitted.