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Test ID: SPUT    
Bacterial Culture, Aerobic, Respiratory

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Specimen must arrive within 24 hours of collection.

 

Specimen Type: Respiratory

Sources: Sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, trachea, endotracheal tube, etc.

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. An early-morning expectorated sputum is preferred.

2. Having patient rinse his/her mouth with water immediately prior to specimen collection reduces the number of contaminating oropharyngeal bacteria.

Additional Information: Specimen source is required.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

2 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Specimen >24 hours

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated24 hours