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Test Code RRCS BACTERIAL CULTURE RESPIRATORY & SMEAR (C + S)

Important Note

The sample must be received in the laboratory within 24 hours.
Specimen quality can be assessed by applying quantitative criteria to the number of squamous epithelial cells. Ten or more squamous epithelial cells per low power field, indicate the sample is contaminated with oral secretions and not suitable for testing.

Additional Codes

Primary ID Epic Code

Mayo Access ID

RRCS LAB900 FAH5111

 

Specimen Information

Container

Specimen

Temperature

Collect Vol

Submit Vol

Minimum Vol

Stability

Sterile Container

Sputum

Refrigerate

5 mL

5 mL

1 mL

24 hours

Sterile Container

Protected catheter brushings

Refrigerate

N/A N/A N/A 24 hours

Sterile Container

Bronchoalveolar lavages
(BAL)

Refrigerate

N/A N/A N/A 24 hours

Sterile Container

Lung Aspirate

Refrigerate

N/A N/A N/A 24 hours
Sterile Container Lung Tissue

Refrigerate

1 gram 1 gram 0.2 gram 24 hours

Sterile Container

Expectoration

Refrigerate

10 mL

10 mL

1 mL

24 hours

Sterile Container

Bronchoscopy

Refrigerate

10 mL

10 mL

1 mL

24 hours

Sterile Container

Tracheal aspiration

Refrigerate

10 mL

10 mL

1 mL

24 hours

Sterile Container

Transtracheal aspiration

Refrigerate

10 mL

10 mL

1 mL

24 hours

Sterile Container

Biopsy

Refrigerate

10 mL

10 mL

1 mL

24 hours

Bacterial/Yeast Collection Kit Throat* Refrigerate       24 hours

Specimens should originate from the lungs or bronchial tree. Saliva and postnasal drip materials are not suitable for testing. Specimens may be obtained by expectoration,  bronchoscopy, tracheal aspiration,  transtracheal aspiration, or biopsy. Submit the sample in a sterile screw-capped container, syringe, or leukens tube. All containers must be leak proof. Deliver the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible.

*If swab is received a smear will not be performed.

Test Schedule / Analytical Time / Test Priority

Daily / Sputum cultures 48 hours, other respiratory cultures 5 days / Gram smear available STAT

Method

Culture & Smear

CPT(s)

Description CPT Code
Gram Stain 87205
Routine Culture 87070

 

Instrumentation

Manual Method

Reference Range

Usual oropharyngeal flora

Section

Microbiology-1

Performing Location

University of Vermont Medical Center

Is the UVMMC lab NY State Certified to perform this testing?  Yes/No

Yes

Order Code LOINC

Order Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
In process    

 

Result Code LOINC(s)

Result Code Reporting Name LOINC Code
In process