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Test Code C Donor Donor Fluid Culture

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Donor Fluid Culture


Donor Organ Transport Fluid Culture


Includes Bacterial Culture and Gram Stain. Specimen cultured for Aerobic and Anaerobic bacteria. Donor transport fluid (most common sample submitted) should be collected onto an E-Swab, or BBL Culture swab. Tissue samples can be submitted in a sterile container. 

Sample Requirements


Specimen: Donor Organ Tranport Fluid collected on an  E-Swab or BBL Culture Swab. Occasionally, tissue will be submitted.

Container: Sterile Container

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A

Processing Instructions

CPA: Send sample to Microbiology for processing.  If the sample is shared and only one tube, syringe or other container is received, affix shared sample label and send entire sample plus requisition to Microbiology.



BBL Culture Swab, or E Swab
Temp Time
Room temp 24 hours  
Refrigerated N
Frozen N



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

1 hour

Culture 24/7 48 - 72 hours

Cultures are read at appropriate intervals to detect early bacterial growth. STAT 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


When Moderate to Abundant Polys are seen on Gram Stain, culture incubation will be extended up to one week.



Notifiable Result

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