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ILH Laboratory specimen collection and test information
Sterile Container
Respiratory Culture with Smear(Gram stain)
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Lab section Microbiology    
When performed 24 hours / 7 days (Daily)    
When reported
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Important notes: Order this test for sputum and other respiratory specimens for bacterial culture; order AFB and Fungal separately. Gram stain is included. Respiratory specimens are NOT ACCEPTABLE for anaerobic culture.
Rejection criteria: Unlabeled or mislabeled specimen, leaking container, saliva
Transportation notes: within 2hr RT, 1 to 24 hr 4C
Specimen preparation: All specimens for Microbiology must be submitted ASAP to maximize bacterial recovery.Minimum amt: bacteria greater than 1ml, AFB 5 ml, Fungal greater than 1ml, PCP greater than 1ml

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Last revised 09/11/2013