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Culture- Bacterial, Respiratory - Sputum / Tracheal


Name Method Department Units
Culture, Lower Respiratory Standard microbiologic culture media and techniques
CMI, Microbiology

Battery Members

Culture, Gram Stain

Specimen Requirements

Sputum, Tracheal aspirate, Endotracheal aspirate

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Sterile container


Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Specimen collected on swab.
  • Not received within specified time frame


Includes Gram stain with assessment of specimen quality. If diagnosis is Cystic Fibrosis, do not order; order RECF (CPT 87070)instead.

CPT Code

  • 87070
  • 87205