CULTURE, BRONCHIAL

Mnemonic

C

Synonym

Bronch Culture

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable.

Guidelines

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

Aspirated fluid

Handling

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.

Preferred Volume

1.0-10.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Room temperature, ASAP

Rejection Criteria

Frozen specimens, specimens in formalin type preservative, leaking or nonsterile containers

Stability

Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: Uacceptable

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture, Anaerobic Culture performed on properly collected specimens (e.g. protected brushes)

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services

Reference Values

Reference Values

No growth, or usual upper respiratory flora

CPT Codes

87070, 87205

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 02:12:42 PM