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NPCUL
CULTURE, NASAL/NASOPHARYNGEAL

Test Code NPCUL 
Test CULTURE, NASAL/NASOPHARYNGEAL 
Methodology Culture 
Description Conventional culture. Significant isolates reflex to organism identification and antibiotic susceptibility test at an additional charge. 
Specimen Swab of anterior nares or posterior nasopharynx.
1. Aseptically collect specimen from affected area.
2. Submit specimen in sterile, screw-capped container or on swab in culture transport medium.
3. Label specimen with patient's name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collector's initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient termperature.

NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQURIED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING. 

Reference Values Not applicable 
Analytic Time 4 Days 
Day(s) Test Set Up Monday through Sunday 
CPT Code(s) 87070  Culture, bacteria
87077  Bacterial identification, if indicated
87149 x5  CRE Confirmation, if indicated
87181  Antibiotic susceptibility (gradient strip), per antibiotic tested, if indicated
87184  Antibiotic susceptibility (disc method), if indicated
87186  Antibiotic susceptibility (MIC), if indicated