All aerobes - Culture

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure:  BTA0010

CPT:  87040, 87070, 87077

All Aerobes - Culture
Synonym(s): Aerobic bacterial culture, unknown bacterial culture
Requisition Form G-27A
Test Description Culture identification for aerobic bacteria
Pre-Approval Needed Must notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Non-Human (Bacterial), Human, Environmental
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Pure isolate,  Envelope/letter/paper, swabs, Packages, Wipes, Powders, Liquids, Plant material (e.g., leaf, flower, stalk), Seeds or Beans
Minimum Volume/Size Required 1 agar slant or plate for isolates
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping Ambient
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling


•   At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g. Medical record number).

•   Specimen identification must match submission form.

Non-Human or Environmental

•   Sample identification must match submission form.

Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements

•   Ship according to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.

•   Handled as infectious agent using universal precautions.

•   Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.

•   See also Emergency Preparedness resources online.

Notify BioThreat Team prior to sample submission: (512) 689-5537
Method Conventional biochemical methods
Turn-around Time 7- 21 days
Interferences/Limitations Material must be viable. Improper storage or shipping temperatures may limit organism recovery.
Common Causes for Rejection Insufficient quantity, unacceptable specimen type or source, improper shipping conditions, expired media or collection container, discrepancies between specimen label and submission form, and/or incomplete or missing submission form
Additional Information N/A  

Last updated January 9, 2019