Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology
Throat, NPH, nose, sinus, bronchial aspirate or lavage
Specimen container, Eswab
0.5 mL (minimum-swab)
Cause for rejection:
Specimen sent in nonsterile container. Specimen sent on dry swab, no swab in transport ube.
Respiratory cultures include workup of all respiratory bacterial pathogens along with sensitivity testing. Cystic fibrosis patients must be designated as such on the requisition or audit trail accompanying the specimen. Throat cultures for Group A Strep only are not ordered under this test. SEE STREP CULTURE.
Preliminary report available after 24 hours
Throat Culture; NPH Culture; Sinus Culture