Pathology - Test Catalog

Test Catalog

Respiratory Culture

Test Name: Respiratory Culture
Alternate Description: Sputum Culture
LIS Code:
Lab Section:


Minimum Volume:

>2 ml Fluid

Test Includes:

Gram smear included with culture

Specimen Tube Type Transport (Container Microbiology):

Sputum or tracheal aspirate in sterile container, mucous specimen trap or ear drainage collected in sterile container or swab culture collection/transport system

Transport Time:

Deliver to lab within 2 hours of collection

Specimen Stability:

2 hour at room temperature

Specimen Transport:

Room Temperature

Test Results:

No growth / Quantity of potential pathogens/quantity of normal respiratory flora; identification and sensitivity performed according to lab criteria.


24 hours, 7 days a week

Test Turnaround Time Routines And Stats:

Negative at 2 days; Preliminary reports issued at 18 - 24 hours.

Reference Value:

Normal Respiratory Flora