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Test Code LAB239 Urine Culture


Clinical System Name

Urine Culture


Bagged urine

Clean Catch

Indwelling Catheter

Foley Catheter

Direct Catheter

Midstream Void

Bladder tap urine

Cystoscopy urine


Sample Requirements

Specimen: Urine sample should be collected per "Policies and Procedures: Urine Specimen Collection: Routine, Clean Void, Bag, Catheter" on CHILD. Send sample to Laboratory within 2 hours of collection (preferred) or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.


Container: Sterile Screw-Capped Container

Preferred Vol: >1.0 ml

Minimum Vol: 0.5 ml

Processing Instructions

Reject Due To: Non-sterile container


CPA: If ONLY Urine culture is ordered, send sample to Microbiology for processing . If UA is ordered, the sample should be sent to the UA bench for testing.


Off-site collection:  Off-site Children's Lab locations should set up culture. After set up, refrigerate remaining sample.


Other off-site locations, refrigerate sample until and during transport to SCH Lab. 


Temp Time
Room temp ≤ 2 hours
Refrigerated 24 hours
Frozen N


Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
Gram Stain N/A


Culture 24/7 48 - 72 hours

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)


Semi-quantitative culture for Aerobic bacteria from urine specimens. Gram stain is not performed, unless specifically requested. For immunocompromised patients, a combination bacterial and yeast culture should be ordered (see Culture, Urine with Screen for Yeast).

Notifiable Result

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Reporting Information

Preliminary Report:  18 - 24 hours

Negative Final Report: 48 hours