Click here for more information about laboratory operations and procedures
If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667
Bacterial Culture and Gram stain, Respiratory
|Test group||Bacterial Culture|
|In House Availability||Set up daily, day and evening shifts|
|Collection Instructions||Submit expectorated sputum in cup with screw-on or snap-on lid.
For tissue samples collected by a surgical procedure, see entry for Head and Neck
|Container type||Clean container, swabs in transport media|
|Sample type||BAL, lung biopsy, sputum, external eye, ear, or sinus drainage.|
|UCSF Rejection Criteria||More than one sputum or ETA in 48 hours.|
|Processing notes||Maintain sample at room temperature|
|Critical value||First positive Burkholderia cepacia isolate from a CF patient.|
|Synonyms||Sputum culture; lung culture; BAL culture|
|Stability||Refrigerated 24 hours|
|Reflex?||If bacteria are detected that are not normal mixed flora they are automatically identified and susceptibility testing is performed.
Full ID and/or susceptibility testing may be omitted upon request when sample is submitted for testing.
|Additional information||Includes gram stain.|
|CPT coding||87205; 87070
|Last Updated||6/22/2016 12:35:34|