All aerobes - Culture

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure #:  BTA0010
CPT:  87040, 87070, 87077

Synonym(s):  Aerobic bacterial culture, unknown bacterial culture
Requisition Form G-27A or G-27
Test Description Culture identification for aerobic bacteria
Pre-Approval Needed Must notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources)
  • Non-Human (Bacterial)
  • Human
  • Environmental
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Pure isolate, Envelope/letter/paper, swabs, Packages, Wipes, Powders, Liquids, Plant material (e.g., leaf, flower, stalk), Seeds or Beans
Minimum Volume/Size Required 1 agar slant or plate for isolates
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Ambient
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling Human
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
  • Sample identification must match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship according to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Handled as infectious agent using universal precautions. 
  • Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents. 
  • See also Emergency Preparedness resources online.
Notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537
Method Conventional biochemical methods
Turn-around Time 5- 21 days
  • Material must be viable. 
  • Improper storage or shipping temperatures may limit organism recovery.
Common Causes for Rejection •    Insufficient quantity
•    unacceptable specimen type or source
•    improper shipping conditions
•    expired media or collection container
•    discrepancies between specimen label and submission form
•    incomplete or missing submission form
Additional Information N/A