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Bacterial Culture and Gram stain, Respiratory

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P063
Test group Bacterial Culture
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shifts
Method Aerobic culture
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
Normal range
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
LOINC code 622-1
Last Updated 6/22/2016 12:35:34
Entry Number 94
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