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Bacterial Culture, aerobic culture only - Endotracheal Aspirate

Source Endotracheal Aspirate
Mnemonic M SPUTUM
Specimen Requirements Acceptable specimen: aspirated tracheal suction material.
Submit specimen in a sterile container or sterile specimen trap.
Specimen Handling Store specimen at 4°C.
Additional Information

Endotracheal tube aspirates are contaminated with upper respiratory tract flora and criteria for interpretation is the same as for sputum.

Specimen NOT suitable for anaerobic culture.

Turnaround time for negative culture: 2 days.

Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
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