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Respiratory Culture

Infectious Disease Laboratories - : Microbiology

Test ID :
Test Workstation :
Specimen Type:

1.0 mL bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) or sputum collected in sterile container.
Eswab from throat, nasopharyngeal, nose, or sinus is acceptable.

Minimum Volume:
BAL and sputum minimum volume is 0.5 mL.
Cause for Rejection:
Quantity not sufficient, improper specimen type, improper storage/transport, improper swab, dry swab, swab not present, multiple swabs per vial, mislabeled, or unlabeled.
Transport refrigerated required from off campus location. Upon arrival in laboratory, store refrigerated.
Mon-Sun (0700-1600)
Special Instructions:
Cystic fibrosis patients must be designated as such on the requisition or audit trail accompanying the specimen. This clinical test includes a gram stain for nonCystic fibrosis patients. Throat cultures for Group A Strep only are not ordered under this test. SEE STREP CULTURE.
2 days (non-Cystic fibrosis patients), 5 days (Cystic fibrosis patients)
CPT Code:
Throat Culture; NPH Culture; Sinus Culture

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