Culture, Enviromental

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Test Code

Alias/See Also
Environmental Culture;
Env Cul;

CPT Codes
87070*** When a culture is positive there will be a reflex for each identification and susceptibility performed

Preferred Specimen
Dialysate waters (5 mL minimum) or other environmental specimens.

Contact the Microbiology Department (937-296-0844 option 4 or 1-800-686-2252 option 4) for collection of other specimen types

Transport Container
Varies for site cultured

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 2 days
Refrigerated = 2 days
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Food samples are not acceptable.  Frozen specimen.

Isolation Techniques (vary somewhat by specimen type)

Setup Schedule
Sunday -Saturday

Report Available
4 days

Clinical Significance
Varies with isolate. Surveillance cultures are not recommended for routine screening of envrionmental surfaces. The Microbiology Department should be contacted prior to performing these cultures.

Performing Laboratory
Compunet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.