Bacterial Culture, Aerobic, Respiratory
Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.
When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.
Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
Specimen must arrive within 24 hours of collection.
Specimen source is required.
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.
Patient Preparation: Have patient rinse his/her mouth with water immediately prior to specimen collection. This reduces the number of contaminating oropharyngeal bacteria.
Specimen Type: Respiratory
Sources: Sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage, trachea, endotracheal tube, etc.
Container/Tube: Sterile container
Specimen Volume: Entire specimen
Collection Instructions: An early-morning expectorated sputum is preferred.
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.
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.