Culture, Wound

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If anaerobic culture is desired refer to Culture, Anaerobic (CULANA) for requirements.

Test Code

Alias/See Also
Wound Culture;
Superficial Wound Culture;
Wound Culture-Anerobic Swab only;

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

Preferred Specimen
Culture swab or sterile, leak proof container.

Transport Container
Culture Swab (teal green cap), Sterile Container

Transport Temperature
Room Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room Temperature = 1 day
Refrigerated = 2 days
Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Frozen specimen


Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
4 days

Clinical Significance
The significance of any isolate(s), in pure or mixed culture, must be assessed with respect to the source cultured, the organism's pathogenic potential, the possibility of colonization versus infection, and the number of other organisms recovered from the same culture

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.