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Lab Test Dictionary

Urine Culture

Specimen Type


Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days

Upon receipt

Standard TAT

2 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required

voided or catheterized specimen

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Submit in sterile container or BD gray top urine transport tube.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Sterile container -- transport specimens to lab within 2 hours or refrigerate if transport is delayed (up to 24 hours). BD gray top urine transport tubes -- must be received in lab within 48 hours.

Rejection Criteria

Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen. Leaking specimen. Foley cath tips. 24 hours collection

Test Volume Required

0.5 ml random urine

Minimum Test Volume

0.5 ml random urine

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual

CPT Codes