RESPIRATORY CULTURE (088-0061)
Synonyms: Culture, respiratory sources
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C RESP
Test Includes: Gram stain, isolation and identification of aerobic pathogenic bacteria including antimicrobial susceptibility testing when appropriate
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Bronchoscopy, aspiration, or surgical collection of lung specimens, nasal swabs, throat aspirates
Storage Instructions: Refrigerate, transport as soon as possible.
Causes for Rejection: Leaking container, insufficient specimen; order sputum culture (C SP) for sputum and endotracheal aspirate samples
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Preliminary report after 1 day, final report after 3 days
Specimen: Bronchial brush, lavage, washings, lung aspirate, sinus aspirate, nasopharyngeal swab, throat aspirates
Minimum Volume: 3 ml
Container: Sterile, leak-proof container
Revised/reviewed 10/21/2011 by T. Friloux