Staphylococcus identification – Culture

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #:  MAA0037A
CPT:    87077

Staphylococcus identification – Culture
Synonym(s): Staph
Requisition Form


Test Description

Identification of Staphylococcus and related species from reference culture

Pre-Approval Needed


Supplemental Information Required


Supplemental Form(s)


Performed on Specimens from (sources)


Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Pure isolate

Minimum Volume/Size Required

At least one viable colony

Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping

Room temperature or refrigerated

Transport Medium

Appropriate medium that supports growth

Specimen Labeling

Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)

Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.

Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship according to Dangerous Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.

Ship specimens overnight Monday-Thursday to avoid weekend deliveries.


Bacterial culture, MALDI-TOF (Mass spectrometry)

Turn-around Time

3-21 days


Material must be viable.

Improper storage or shipping temperatures 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