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Test Code SCRESP Culture, Respiratory with Gram Stain, LAB2194

Important Note

Please note:  Beginning 10/1/15, the microbiology department introduced a new and separate culture order for ear and eye specimens.  If the culture will be for ear or eye specimens, please use test "Culture, Ear/Eye", LAB4742.

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens:

Bronchial specimen, ear or eye specimen, lung aspirate, sputum, or tracheal aspirate

 

Bronchial

1. Submit bronchial specimen in a screw-capped, sterile container.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

 

Lung Aspirate

1. Submit lung aspirate in a screw-capped, sterile container.
2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
Note: Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

 

Sputum or Tracheal Aspirate

1. Submit sputum or tracheal aspirate collected in the morning upon awakening in a screw-capped, sterile container.
2. Specimen should be a single, first-morning, “deep-cough” sputum or tracheal aspirate specimen.

3. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

Note: Expectorated sputum will be screened before culturing for acceptability.

Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

 

Nasal swab

1. Submit CultureSwab or E-Swab, collected by inserting into each nostril, return swab to collection device.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

Indicate specimen source on specimen container and in computer.

Reference Values

Normal respiratory flora

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Culture with Identification by Conventional Methods

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87070-Culture
87205-Gram stain