Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Respiratory Culture - Cystic Fibrosis

  • LIS Mnemonic: CRCF

    Collect

    ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: bronchial lavage, sputum, tracheal aspirate (all collected in a sterile, leak-proof container) or "gagged" throat specimens (collected via double swab culture set)

    Volume Required

    1-2 mLs wash/sputum/aspirate; 1 double swab culture set

    Minimum Required

    1 mL wash/sputum/aspirate; 1 double swab culture set

    Transport

    Send to the lab immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Wash, sputum, and aspirate specimens must be received in the lab within 30 minutes of collection. Swab specimens are stable up to 2 hours after collection.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Specimens should not be refrigerated. Specimens collected for this culture are not suitable for anaerobic culture.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updated daily until final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture