Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 3 days.
Aerobic Culture, Respiratory, Gram Stain
Aerobic Culture, Sputum, Gram Stain
Culture, Sputum, Aerobic, Gram Stain
Endotracheal, Aerobic Culture, Gram Stain
Respiratory Culture, Aerobic, Gram Stain
Respiratory, Aerobic Culture, Gram Stain
Tracheal, Aerobic Culture, Gram Stain
Aerobic Culture, Respiratory
Aerobic Culture, Sputum
Culture, Sputum, Aerobic
Endotracheal, Aerobic Culture
Sputum, Aerobic Culture
Respiratory, Aerobic Culture
Tracheal, Aerobic Culture
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Determine causative agent of infection.
Less than 10 squamous epithelial cells per low power field; normal respiratory flora.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Specimen type: Expectorated or aspirated sputum, tracheal aspirate, bronchial aspirate. Patient prep: The patient should be instructed to remove dentures, rinse mouth, cough deeply and expectorate sputum into proper container. Be sure the patient understands the difference between sputum and saliva. Rejection criteria: A direct smear is used to screen for excessive squamous epithelial cells which indicates saliva. Sputum will be rejected if 10 or more squamous epithelial cells are seen per low power field on gram stain. The nursing station will be called and a new sputum specimen will be requested.
Acceptable specimens include expectorated or aspirated sputum, tracheal aspirate, or bronchial aspirate. For expectorated sputum collection, the patient should be instructed to remove dentures, rinse mouth, cough deeply and expectorate sputum into proper container. Be sure the patient understands the difference between sputum and saliva. For optimum recovery, send immediately after specimen collection. If specimen must be stored, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection.