Gram Stain

Test Mnemonic


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 


Environmental Condition Description
Ambient1 week
Refrigerated1 week

Days Performed

Sun - Sat

Turnaround Time

1 day


Name Description

Reference Range

Gram Stain
Sex Age From Age To Type Range Range Unit
~      No 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.