Nasopharyngeal Culture : 1003710

Message
Non-nasopharyngeal swabs will not be processed for this order code.

Test Code
NASOC or 1003710

Alias/See Also
NP culture

CPT Codes
87070

Instructions
Nasopharynx swab:
1. Pass the mini-tip swab into the nasopharynx and allow secretions to absorb for 5 seconds.
2. Withdraw the swab and place into transport medium.
3. Submit at room temperature.

Nasal Aspirate/Washings:
1. Submit in sterile container inside a ziplock bag.
2. Submit at refrigerated temperature.

Transport Container
Submit nasopharyngeal swab or nasal aspirate/washing. Refer to collection instructions.

Transport Temperature
Nasophyarngeal swab: Ambient.
Nasal Aspirate/Washing: Refrigerated.

Specimen Stability
Transport as quickly as possible.

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Any swab other than nasopharyngeal swab is unacceptable.

Methodology
Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
2 days

Reference Range
Normal flora.

Clinical Significance
May be useful in cases of otitis media and sinusitis.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion



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