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CULTURE BONE MARROW BACTERIAL (BMB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): BMB, Bone marrow culture
Test Components: Bacterial culture, Gram stain
CPT Codes: 87070: aerobic culture 87205: gram stain
Methodology: Aerobic culture and gram stain.
Reference Range: No growth
Tube Type: SPS anticoagulant - 1-5 mL Container obtained from lab, 615-322-3046.
Specimen: Bone marrow
Volume: > 1 mL
Minimum Volume: 1 mL
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Send to lab immediately
Reasons for Rejection: Non sterile or leaking container. Specimens submitted in anticoagulant other than SPS. Excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: Gram stain: 3 hours after arrival in Microbiology Lab, Culture: 2-5 days
Special Instructions: Gram stain included with culture and has a separate charge. There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate.

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