Gram Stain




Test Mnemonic

MGMST

CPT Codes

  • 87205 - QTY (1)

Performing Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories


Specimen Requirements

Volume Type Container Collect Temperature Transport Temperature Special Instructions
OneSlide (s), unstainedSterile container  Slide must be labeled
OneSwab(s)Sterile container AmbientOne swab is needed for each test request, i.e., requests for culture and Gram stain require two swabs.
UnspecifiedFluid, bodySterile container Ambient 

Stability

Environmental Condition Description
Ambient1 week
Refrigerated1 week
FrozenUnacceptable

Days Performed

Sun - Sat

Turnaround Time

1 day

Methodology

Name Description
Stain 

Reference Range

Gram Stain
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
~      FreetextNo organisms seen 

Special Info

Same collection procedure as for culture of the specific site. Specimen must be collected to avoid contamination with skin, adjacent structures and non-sterile surfaces.Organism isolation and identification will be performed only if culture is requested.

Clinical Info

Rule out infection. Determine presence of bacteria, yeast, neutrophils and epithelial cells.