Tracheal Aspirate Culture

Sunquest Code:TAC  
Epic Code:LAB3758Epic Name:Tracheal Culture
Order Instructions:When ordering both a culture and a gram stain in Epic, use Epic Code o3046000101 for an inpatient or o4046000101 for an Ambulatory patient.
Test Includes:Culture for routine aerobic flora plus Haemophilus.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 2 days.
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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Tracheal aspirate or tubing
Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Microbiology containers (Plastic leakproof container, sterile)

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth, normal flora.
Use:Isolate and identify aerobic pathogens from the lower respiratory tract.

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