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Tracheal Aspirate Culture

Infectious Disease Laboratories : Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation :
Specimen Type:
Endotracheal tube aspirate
Tube Type:
Specimen container
Collection Volume:
5.0 mL (minimum 1.0 mL)
Cause for Rejection:
Specimen sent in nonsterile container. Swab is not appropriate for culture, QNS. After reading the gram stain: Adult specimens with no organisms seen per High Power Field or greater/equal to 10 Squamous epithelial cells per Low Power Field. Pediatric patients (<18 years old) will be rejected if no organisms seen per High Power Field. All NICU patients will be accepted.
Special Instructions:
Tracheal aspirate culture includes a gram stain. Do not order a separate gram stain. Do not order Respiratory Culture for tracheal aspirate specimen type. DO NOT SEND SPECIMEN THROUGH THE TUBE SYSTEM.
48 hours
Additional Info:
Preliminary report available after 24 hours
CPT Code:
Endotracheal Culture
 Specimen Collection Procedures:
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