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Lab Test Dictionary

Lower Respiratory Culture


Sputum, Bronchial Lavage (BAL), Endotracheal Aspirate, Bronchial Wash

Specimen Type

Respiratory Specimen

Performing Lab

RCHSD Microbiology

Lab Test Days

upon receipt

Standard TAT

2 days

Stat TAT


Collection Information

Specimen Required

Sputum, Tracheal Aspirate, Bronchial Wash, Bronchial Lavage

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Submit specimen in a sterile screw-cap container or Luken's Trap and deliver to laboratory as soon as possible.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Deliver to lab within 30 minutes of collection, or refrigerate up to 2 hours.

Rejection Criteria

Contamination with oropharyngeal secretions or significant delay in transport

Processing Instructions

Refer to microbiology processing manual

Included Tests

Culture and Gram Stain