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CULTURE URINE BACTERIAL (URB)

Department: Microbiology
Test Synonym(s): URB, Urine culture
Test Components: Bacterial culture (quantitative)
CPT Codes: 87086
Methodology: Culture. Gram stain not included.
Tube Type: BD urine vacutainer (boric acid transport tube) at 20-25 C or sterile, leak-proof container at 2-8 C
Specimen: Urine: midstream, catheterized, cystoscopic, or suprapubic. Indicate source of specimen.
Volume: 4 mL
Temperature: Room temperature
Stability: Boric acid tube: ambient for 48 hours. Other containers: ambient for 2 hours; refrigerated for 24 hours.
Reasons for Rejection: Non sterile or leaking container, excessive delay in transport.
Days Performed: Daily
TAT: 1 day for negative
Special Instructions: There will be separate charges for organism identification and susceptibility testing when appropriate.

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