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Test Code RTCS AFB CULTURE, RESPIRATORY & SMEAR

Important Note

Results under Header (in Meditech): Other Body Source

Performing Location

University of Vermont Medical Center

Method

Continuous Monitoring Liquid Culture System and Smear

Reference Range

Negative: No acid -fast bacilli isolated, final at 8 weeks
Positive: When organisms are detected, a preliminary result is available via computer and the clinician is also called with a verbal report.
 

Cultures with organisms growing are maintained in the laboratory for 90 days after finalization.

Specimen Information

Container Specimen

Temperature

Collect Vol

Submit
Vol

Minimum Vol
Sterile Container *Sputum

Refrigerate

5 mL 5 mL 3 mL
Sterile Container Aspirate

Refrigerate

N/A N/A 3 mL
Sterile Container Respiratory Biopsy

Refrigerate

N/A N/A 3 mL
Sterile Container Lung Tissue

Refrigerate

2 mm 2 mm 1 mm

Samples must be received within 48 hours of collection.

Samples must be sealed in a leakproof container.

*Sputum (3 first morning specimens on different days is recommended, however 3 specimens collected 8 hours part is acceptable as long as one specimen was collected as a first morning specimen, aspirates, biopsies from respiratory tract, lung tissues.

Order Code LOINC

Order Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
RTCS AFB Culture/Smear, Respiratory 543-9

 

Instrumentation

Manual Method

CPT(s)

Description CPT Code
AFB Culture 87116
AFB Smear 87206
Concentration for Infectious Agents 87015

 

Test Schedule / Analytical Time / Test Priority

Monday – Friday / Reported when positive. Negative final at 56 days / AFB Smear available STAT

Section

Microbiology-2

Is the UVMMC lab NY State Certified to perform this testing?  Yes/No

Yes

Result Code LOINC(s)

Result Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
SDES Specimen Description 31208-2
AF Acid Fast 11545-1
CULT Result 41852-5
RPT Report Status N/A