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Test Name: Culture, Nasal

Test Code(s): NOSC / NPC

CPT Code(s): 87070; Additional CPT codes may be added for processing, identification, and susceptibility testing.

Methodology: Culture

Clinical Significance: Culture for Staphylococcus aureus only

Days Performed: Daily.

Turnaround Time: Stat: Not available stat.
Routine: 24 - 48 hours.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Nasal swab

Collection Container: Preferred: CultureSwab®

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Microbiology (B4/231).

Stability: Ambient: 2 hours
Refrigerated: 24 hours
Frozen: Not acceptable


Expected Results:

Negative for Staphylococcus aureus


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