Respiratory Culture and Gram Stain
0060122
 
Time SensitiveTime Sensitive
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
MC RESP
Methodology
Stain/Culture/Identification
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
Within 2 days
Preliminary: 1 day
Final: Negative at 2 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Respiratory specimen: Sputum, tracheal aspirate, bronchial wash. Acceptable for Neonates: Gastric aspirate.  
Specimen Preparation
Swab: Place into bacterial transport media.
Fluid:
Transfer to a sterile container. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Multiple specimens (more than one in 24 hours). Dry specimens or poor quality sputum (presence of greater than 10 epithelial cells per 100x field).  
Remarks
Specimen source required. Refer to Bordetella pertussis Culture (ARUP test code 0060117), Corynebacterium diphtheriae Culture (ARUP test code 0060360), or Legionella Species, Culture (ARUP test code 0060113) for special instructions, if requested.  
Stability
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Normal respiratory flora.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on pathogens.
Interpretive Data
Note
Gram stain, identification, and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.
CPT Code(s)
87070
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0060122Culture, Respiratory
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Cross References
  • Bacterial Culture, Aerobic, Respiratory
  • Culture, General Bacteria
  • Culture, Respiratory
  • General Bacteria Culture