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culture, bacterial, lower respiratory with smear
Synonyms: Sputum Culture; Respiratory Culture; Bronchial Lavage Culture; Bronchial Wash Culture; Tracheal Aspirate Culture 
Computer Code: RESCS
Specimen Collection: Submit sputum, bronchial brush/lavage, tracheal aspirate, refrigerate. Submit specimen in a bronch tube or sterile, capped container. 
Minimum Volume: 3 mL 
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at 2-8ÂșC within 24 hours. Specimens with excess epithelial cells visualized on gram stain are categorized as saliva and rejected for routine bacterial culture. 
Reference Values: Normal Respiratory Flora: alpha-hemolytic Streptococci, non-hemolytic streptococcus, Micrococcus spp, Neisseria spp, Coryneforme bacilli, Haemophilus spp. Potential pathogens include: Haemophilius influenzae, Enterobacteriaceae, gram negative rods, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Cryptococcus. Beta hemolytic Streptococci group A in any numbers is considered a pathogen. In order to distinguish between normal respiratory flora and lower respiratory tract pathogens, a Gram Stain is used to interpret the culture results. Identification and/or susceptibility performed if indicated.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 2 days Pos: 2-3 days 
Stat TAT: Gram stain only, 1 hour from receipt 
CPT Code(s): 87070, 87205 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14, 52
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 04/17/2014
Time: 11:31:08 (24hr)