Environmental Culture

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Test Details

Synonyms

  • Culture, Environmental
  • Sterility Culture

Test Includes

Culture; no susceptibility testing is performed.

Use

Assess sterility of materials or equipment used in patient care in hospitals or nursing homes only.

Methodology

Culture (aerobic), bacterial

Specimen Requirements

Specimen

Swabs from surfaces or objects

Volume

Swab specimen

Container

Bacterial culture transport swab with gel

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Causes for Rejection

Inappropriate specimen transport condition; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label; specimen received after prolonged delay (usually more than 72 hours)

Clinical Information

Special Instructions

This culture is used by long-term care facilities to monitor the environment. Laboratory should be contacted prior to environmental sampling by other customers. This test is not intended to be used for monitoring the sterility of duodenoscopes, endoscopes, or pharmacy products and solutions.

LOINC® Map

Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
008557 Environmental Culture 14325-5 008557 Environmental Culture 14325-5
Reflex Table for Environmental Culture
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 080139 Result 080140 Result 1 N/A
Reflex Table for Environmental Culture
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 080139 Result 080141 Result 2 N/A
Reflex Table for Environmental Culture
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 080139 Result 080142 Result 3 N/A
Reflex Table for Environmental Culture
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 080139 Result 080144 Result 4 N/A
Reflex Table for Environmental Culture
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 080139 Result 080145 Antimicrobial Susceptibility N/A

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