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  Gram Stain Specimen Type:
  also known as Gram Smear, Direct, Gram Smear, Primary, Gram Stain Smear



Specimen requirements: Slide Microscopic
Unit of measure: N/A
Ideal sample: 2 Swabs for specimens requiring swabs
Absolute minimum amount: 1 swab
Method of collection: N/A
Transportation: See individual specimen types.
Label instructions: All containers must be labeled with patient name and medical record number.
Request test on form: Multi Labs/Micro/Viro/Serology ( 151-905 )
Order/entry screen(s): Microbiology/Virology
Stat frequency: Daily
Stat turn around time: 1 Hour
Routine frequency: Daily
Must be in by: N/A
For Hillcrest deliver to: Microbiology : Room 2-109
For Thornton deliver to: Microbiology : Processing Desk, 1st floor,
  Hospital, room 1-013
Scheduling requirements : N/A
Method: Gram Stain
Special Instructions: Routine, direct smears for gram stain are always done on the following samples: abscess, body fluids, body tissues, Spinal fluids, external body sites, respiratory (other than Throat),  wounds, drainage samples, and genital specimens (from male only). Direct smears for gram stain on other samples are only done when requested. A request for gram stain only for a normally sterile body site or fluid, will always include a routine culture.
  Results are available on a Chart Copy
SOFT LAB abbreviation: GRAM
Secondary code: 4220
Lab Processing Instructions: N/A