Respiratory Culture : 1000802

Test Code
RESC or 1000802

CPT Codes
87070, 87205

Includes Gram Stain. Bronchial brushes and BAL [bronchoalveolar lavage] are reported quantitatively.

Submit respiratory specimens (expectorated
sputum, induced sputum, tracheal aspirate, bronchial washings & brush, BAL):

Washings and Aspirates:
Submit in sterile container inside a ziplock bag.

1. The specimen must be collected under the supervision of a nurse or physician to ensure that proper collection procedures are followed.
2. Have the patient rinse their mouth with some fresh drinking water and swallow the water.
3. Instruct the patient to cough deeply to bring up sputum from the lungs. (Be sure to tell the patient you do not want post nasal discharge).
4. Expectorate the sputum into a sterile, leak-proof container. (The amount of the sputum is not as critical as its quality. If the patient cannot produce sputum, try again later. Do not insist on a specimen. That will usually only produce a sample of saliva
or post nasal discharge.)
5. Patients older than 5 years who cannot follow these instructions should have specimens collected by suction (respiratory therapist). Do not substitute a throat swab.

Transport Container
Submit respiratory specimens in a sterile screw capped container.

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Transport as quickly as possible.

Gram Stain and Aerobic culture for significant or predominating pathogens

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
2 days

Reference Range
Normal Respiratory Flora

Performing Laboratory
med fusion

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.