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Test Code C Eye Eye Culture

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Eye Culture



Eye Aspirate

Eye Scraping

Periorbital cellulitis




Includes Bacterial Culture and Gram Stain. Specimen cultured for Aerobic bacteria.


Note: See GC PCR for testing specifically for Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Sample Requirements

SCH Main Campus Specimen collection:

Sample should be collected on BD ESwab. This swab type is for both culture and Gram stain.


Conjuctival scrapings may be collected in the OR and plated directly onto Blood and Chocolate Agar by the physician. Plates are obtained from the Micro Lab in advance of the procedure upon request.


Off-Site Specimen Collection:

Sample should be collected on BD ESwab, and send to SCH Micro for culture set up.  


Note: Samples for r/o of GC should be collected using the Xpert vaginal/endocervical collection kit. See LabMan page for GC PCR.


Container: Swab should be inserted into the sterile plastic tube provided in the package that contains transport fluid.  



Processing Instructions

CPA: Send sample to Microbiology for processing. 


Off-site collection: Samples collected on BD ESwabs are sent to SCH Microbiology for culture set up. Swabs can be held at room temperature before and during specimen transport. The exception to this includes samples received after the second to the last courier of the day. These late in the day samples should be set up and incubated at the Regional Lab site to avoid result delay. Any left over ESwab Amies media can be held at room temp and sent with the plates to SCH Micro.




BD ESwab
Temp Time
Room temp 24 hours
Refrigerated OK up to 48 hours
Frozen N



Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
Gram Stain 24/7

1 h

Culture 24/7 48 - 72 h

Cultures are read at appropriate intervals to detect early bacterial growth. STAT culture requests are not applicable.

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes



This test is not limited to the CPT codes listed.  Others may be added as more testing is necessary and depending on the pathogens isolated (such as MIC's and ID's)

Reporting Information

Preliminary Report:  18 - 24 hours

Negative Final Report: 48 hours


Notifiable Result

See Link below for Notifiable Conditions for WA state labs:


See Link below for PDF of phone numbers for Local Health jurisdictions (by County) in WA State: