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​Culture & Sensitivity (C&S) Lower Respiratory


​Ordering Recommendation

​ ​Specimen Requirements

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Bronchial washings
  • Tracheal (aspirate/secretions)
  • Sputum (expectorated/induced)

​Required Volume
  • Optimal Volume: 1. mL
  • Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection.)
  • Transport within 2 hours of collectionat room temperature  for optimal organism recovery
  • Store at 4°C up to 24 hours if transportation delayed
  • Specimen must be received in laboratory within 24 hours of collection 
​Grounds for Rejection

  • Rejection Criteria of Clinical Microbiology Specimens
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Acceptance and Rejection Criteria  
  • Testing Information​ ​

    Testing Site​
    • Bacteriology Laboratory, RUH
    Results Reporting​
    ​Clinical Interpretation

    ​Specimen Retention

    ​ ​Test Ordering Requirements

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    Laboratory Controlled Document  LSM 431 v1

    Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 |
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