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Nasal Culture

Order Name C NASAL RT
Test Number: 6002011
Revision Date 09/27/2017
Test Name Methodology LOINC Code
Nasal Culture
Culture 10353-1 
Specimen Specimen Volume (min) Specimen Type Specimen Container Transport Environment
Preferred Nasal swab Copan eSwab - White (Regular size) Room Temperature
Alternate 1 Nasal swab Copan eSwab - Green (Mini-tip) Room Temperature
Alternate 2 Nasal swab PNP Swab (Green Cap) Room Temperature
Instructions Swabs and aspirates should be transported at room temperature and setup within 2 days of collection for optimal recovery.
Testing Schedule Daily 
Expected TAT 3 Days  
Clinical Use Identifies upper respiratory pathogens 
CPT Code(s) 87070
Lab Section Microbiology