CPT Code: 87205|
Specimen Type: E-swab or smear from specimen for bacterial culture
Tube Type/Collection Container: Specimen container, E-swab
Collection Volume: 1 swab or 0.5 mL liquid specimen
Cause for rejection: Specimen sent in nonsterile container. Specimen sent on dry swab.
Methodology: Microscopic examination
Special Instructions: Gram stain slides may be prepared at the bedside by the physician except for sputum, tracheal aspirate, wound, CSF, body fluids, or urine. Smears on these specimen types will be prepared in the laboratory. An E-swab should be sent for gram stain for those specimens where a swab is appropriate for culture.
TAT: 2 hours CSF, all other stains read by day shift Microbiology staff
Transport specimens to processing area of the laboratory in an appropriate container. Additional information is available from Ingrid Hershey, Laboratory Administrative Director, at 330-543-8721.
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308