Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Ear Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CEARS

    Collect

    Ear fluid/drainage collected via double swab culture set OR in a sterile, leak-proof container.

    For collection of tympanocentesis fluid, please refer to the "Sterile Body Fluid Culture" procedure.

    Volume Required

    1 double swab culture set; 1 mL of fluid/drainage

    Minimum Required

    1 double swab culture set; 1 mL of fluid/drainage

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Fluids must be received in the lab within 30 minutes of collection. Swab specimens are stable up to 2 hours after collection.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Swabs submitted for this culture are not acceptable for anaerobic culture.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updated daily until final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture