Aerobic Bacterial Culture Routine Quantitative

Abbrev Code:QUANTCX   
Order Code:LAB510Order Name:Aerobic Bacterial Culture Routine Quantitative
Order Instructions:If a gram stain is needed, order LAB250 separately, same specimen collection can be used.
Synonyms:Bronch, Quantitative, Aerobic
CPT Codes: 87071 x1, 87071 x1, 87077 x1
Test Includes:Culture for Legionella, fungi or AFB are not included and must be specifically requested.
Turnaround Time:Performed daily; results are reported within 4 days.

Collection Instructions

Collection Instructions:
Specimen Type Instructions Volume Collection Container
Aspirate- Intestinal Collect in leakproof sterile container. Deliver specimen to lab on ice.
Cause for rejection: Not received on ice
Optimal: 1 mL
Minimum: 0.5 mL
Sterile Container
Aspirate- Tracheal  
Collect in leakproof sterile container.
Cause for rejection: Specimen received in Tubing
Bronchial Alveolar Lavage Collect in leakproof sterile container.
Tissue Visible Piece

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator. For intestinal aspirates: Store on ice.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at room temperature if specimen can arrive within 2 hours. If longer than 2 hours, ship refrigerated.
For intestinal parasites Ship on ice. Specimen must arrive within 24 hours.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory   (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:No growth to normal flora
Use:Tracheal: To aid in the diagnosis of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.
Intestinal: Evaluate imbalances between aerobic and anaerobic intestinal flora in patients with malabsorption.
Tissue: Determine the risk of wound sepsis to guide level of wound debridement.

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