Gram Stain

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation: GRAM MIC1

Specimen Type: E-swab or smear from specimen for bacterial culture

Tube Type: 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.

Storage: Ambient

Availability: Daily

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.

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8412

TAT: 2 hours CSF, all other stains read by day shift Microbiology staff

Additional Info: NOTE: Gram stains are automatically added to all CSF, Wound, Sputum, and Tracheal aspirate cultures and do not need to be ordered separately.

CPT Code: 87205

Synonyms: Bacterial Stain; Direct Stain for Bacteria

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