CULTURE, RESPIRATORY

Mnemonic

C

Synonym

Sputum Culture

Includes

Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable

Guidelines

Use only for respiratory specimens NOT collected with a bronchoscope. May be used for expectorated sputum, endotracheal apirates, nasal wash and suctioned respiratory secretion. Use separate order for throat, sinus and bronchial cultures. Legionella, Pertussis, Pneumocystis, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, AFB, Fungus or Virology may also be ordered separately.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Respiratory secretions in sterile screw cap container

Handling

Do not leave tubing attached to cap of collection device. Must specify source on order or requisition.

Preferred Volume

1.0-5.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

For outpatients only: Specimen can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours if specimen cannot be brought to lab ASAP.

Rejection Criteria

Frozen or specimens in formalin type preservative, expectorated sputum containing excessive epithelial cells, pooled 24 hour specimens, leaking or nonsterile container

Stability

Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Method

Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture

Referral Lab

Samaritan Health Services

Reference Values

Reference Values

No growth or usual upper respiratory flora

CPT Codes

87070, 87205

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2018 01:45:22 PM