Gram stain and susceptibility, if generally applicable
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
Respiratory secretions in sterile screw cap container
Do not leave tubing attached to cap of collection device. Must specify source on order or requisition.
For outpatients only: Specimen can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours if specimen cannot be brought to lab ASAP.
Frozen or specimens in formalin type preservative, expectorated sputum containing excessive epithelial cells, pooled 24 hour specimens, leaking or nonsterile container
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours
Standard Aerobic Bacterial Culture
Samaritan Health Services
No growth or usual upper respiratory flora
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