Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable.
Use only for respiratory specimens collected with a bronchoscope, may include Bronchial Wash, Bronchial Lavage, Bronchial Brush. Not an appropriate source for viral Rapid EIA or DFA tests.
Specimen Collection Requirements
Collect fluid in a sterile tightly sealed container, do not leave tubing attached to the cap. For protected brush, aseptically cut off brush without sheath into 1.0 mL of non-bacteriostatic saline in screw top container.
Frozen specimens, specimens in formalin type preservative, leaking or nonsterile containers
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: Uacceptable
Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic Culture performed on properly collected specimens (e.g. protected brushes)
Samaritan Health Services
No growth, or usual upper respiratory flora
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