Culture, Urine

Additional Info:
If indicated, further testing considered medically appropriate will be reflexed, resulting in additional charges.

Methodology: Multiple methodologies

Specimen Requirements: Unacceptable specimens:
“Pooled ” collections, catheter bags, or specimens unrefrigerated >2 hours.

Collect specimen as follows:
Submit a clean-catch, midstream urine specimen (minimun: 1 Ml) in a urine sample cup supplied by Meadville Medical Center Laboratory or a suprapubic aspirate. See “Clean-Catch Urine Collections” in front portion of manual or in “Patient Information at the back of the manual. Refrigerate specimen after collection.

For patients with chronic indwelling urethral catheters attached to a closed drainage system, collect specimen as follows:

  1. Urine is collected by disinfecting the wall of the catheter at its juncture with the drainage tube.
  2. The urine specimen may then be aspirated from the drainage tubing by using a syringe with a 21-gauge needle.
  3. Material from drainage bags is not acceptable for culture.

If using the blue-capped preservative tube available from Meadville Medical Center Laboratory, refrigeration is not necessary. The urinalysis/culture preservative system contains a mercuric oxide-based tablet and has a maximum fill capacity of 10 mLs. Please fill to the maximum fill line. Shake specimen to dissolve the tablet and label the specimen tube. Urinalysis preservative system is stable up to 72 hours without refrigeration.

An anaerobic culture of urine will be performed only on a suprapubic aspirate.
Refer to “Patient Information” section in back of manual for patient handout explaining collection information for this test.

Analytical Time: Preliminary report: 1 day

Final report:
Negative: 2 days
Positive: 2-3 days

Days Set Up: Monday through Sunday

CPT Information:
87086 –
urine culture, colony ct

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