Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Tracheal Aspirate Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CRD

    Collect

    Tracheal aspirate in asterile leak-proof screw-capped container or leukens trap

    Volume Required

    2 - 5mLs

    Minimum Required

    1 mL

    Transport

    Send to laboratory immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Up to 2 hours after collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Not acceptable for anaerobes; Refrigerated specimens; specimens with M5 viral transport media added.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Daily updates until final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture