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Epic Code LAB3095 Discontinued Respiratory Culture with Gram Stain (non-sputum)

Important Note

This test will be discontinued on 3/17/2024. Replacement test: Respiratory Culture [LAB1231036] OEE

This order is not for throat sources. Please order Throat Comprehensive test #7177.

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Culture Resp Non Sputum | 159

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Clinical Information

Test includes a gram stain order.

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Collection Instructions

Specimen Type: Non sputum sites such as tracheal aspirate, sinus, epiglottis
Container/Tube: ESwab

Collection Instructions: Indicate source of specimen. Specimen is unacceptable if received without fluid or swab in the transport tube.

  1. Open the peel pouch and remove the contents. Aseptically unscrew and remove the cap from the ESwab.

  2. Place the tube in a secure position so as not to allow the liquid to leak out of the tube.

  3. Remove the swab. Collect the patient's sample using the swab. 

  4. Insert the swab back into the tube of liquid, all the way to the bottom of the tube.

  5. Holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube, break the applicator shaft at the color breakpoint indication line.

  6. Screw the cap on tightly to prevent leakage. Discard the broken handle of the shaft into an approved medical waste disposal container.

  7. Write the patient's information (Name and Date of Birth) on the tube or apply a label with patient’s information. Indicate source.

  8. Send specimen to the Laboratory.

Specimen Transport Temperature: Ambient

Specimen Stability

Ambient: 48 hours

Refrigerated: 48 hours

Laboratory Retention: 4 days

Test Frequency

Available daily, usual TAT 2 days.

Reference Range

Normal upper respiratory flora, or no bacteria isolated.

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Performing Department Laboratory Location

Corewell Health Reference Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI




If identification and/or susceptibility are indicated, additional charges may follow.

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