Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL) Culture

Abbrev Code:ESBLCX   
Order Code:LAB8024Order Name:ESBL Organism Culture
CPT Codes: 87081 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 5 days.
Associated Links:

IDDL Stool Collection Container Guidelines, IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:3 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile
Collection Instructions:Stool can be sent in a leakproof, sterile container, or transferred to Cary-Blair transport media (Para-Pak C&S).
Causes for Rejection:Rectal swabs. Stools in preservative.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store refrigerated.
Shipping Instructions:Ship refrigerated.
Stability:Unpreserved stool: 4 hours at room temperature; 7 days refrigerated.
Stool in Cary-Blair transport media: 24 hours at room temperature; 7 days refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:No ESBL isolated
Use:Culture is performed on stool specimens from patients at risk of harboring Enterobacterales that are non-susceptible to 3rd generation cephalosporins or ESBL-producing E. coli, K. pneumoniae and K. oxytoca, and is intended as an aid in the detection, identification of colonization and control of these bacteria in a healthcare setting. It is not intended to diagnose infection or to guide or monitor treatment for infections.

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