|Includes:||Culture and gram stain. Susceptibility if warranted.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 day. No growth or normal flora cultures are finalized at 3 days, positives as identified.|
|Specimen:||Bronchial washing or aspirate|
|Volume:||1 culturette or Leukens trap|
|Container:||Culturette or sterile container|
|Temperature:||Room temperature. Transport to the lab within 30 minutes
|Rejection:||Not received within 12 hrs.|
|Normal:||No growth or normal flora.|
|Uses:||Identification of organisms causing infection.|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth. Contamination with adjacent areas should be avoided.|
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