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Test Catalog

Test ID: SPN    
Pneumocystis Smear, Varies

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, the reflex test may be performed and charged.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Specimen source is required.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Bronchoalveolar lavage

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Minimum of 2 mL

 

Specimen Type: Lung or open lung tissue

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Minimum of a rice size piece

Collection Instructions: Tissue should be placed in small amount of sterile saline or sterile water.

 

Alternate:

Specimen Type: Bronchial washing, sputum, or tracheal secretion

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: Minimum of 1 mL

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Varies*
Brochoalveolar lavage: 2mL/Sputum, bronchial washings, and tracheal secretions: 1 mL/Lung tissue and open lung biopsy: rice-sized piece of tissue

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Tissue/Swabs Fixed tissue Viral transport media (including but not limited to M4, M5, BD viral transport media, thioglycolate broth) Wood shaft or charcoal swab
 

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Ambient 7 days