Aerobic bacterial culture, stain

Alphabetical Test listing

Aerobic bacterial culture, stain-12423

Aerobic bacterial culture, stain
Aerobic culture
Miscellaneous culture
  • Culture
  • Gram stain
  • Identification, susceptibilities and serogrouping will be performed on all microbiology isolates considered by the laboratory to be significant.

For nasal, see also Staph aureus culture.

For the following sources, order the specific source culture: blood, body fluid (pleural, joint, peritoneal, pericardial, synovial, etc), bronch, hardware, catheter tip, rectal, semen, spinal fluid, sputum, stool, throat, tissue, urethral, urine, vaginal, vaginal/cervical, vaginal /rectal.

Abscess, aspirate, cyst, drainage, ear, eye (Eyelid, conjunctiva corneal scrapings, vitreous or anterior chamber fluid), nasal, placenta, skin, sinus, ulcer, wound or other miscellaneous sources

Wash away surface contamination with sterile water or saline before culturing; do not use a bacteriostatic agent.



  • Specify source



ESwab standard tip collection kit (white)



Sinus swab

ESwab mini-tip collection kit (green or blue)


Other bacterial culture swab

Sterile container



Other bacterial culture swab or sterile container


ESwab (standard or mini):

Ambient - 48 hours

Refrigerated - 48 hours

Other swab:

Ambient - 24 hrs of collection

Sterile container:

Ambient - 24 hrs of collection

  • Improper label (unlabeled or mislabeled)
  • Time delay between time of collection and receipt of specimen
  • Inappropriate timing of collection
  • Improper transport container
  • Improper transport temperature
  • Interfering substances
  • Inappropriate specimen type
  • Expectorated sputum with oropharyngeal contamination
  • Leaking container
AHL - Microbiology: M
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: 5 days


Additional CPT codes:
87186 - Sensitivities (if appropriate)
87077 - ID (if appropriate)
this list may not be all inclusive if there is the need to send the ID or sensitivities out to a referral laboratory