Legionella pneumophila PCR
Label Mnemonic: LEGPNEUMO
Epic Lab Code: LAB8326
Downtime Form: A-1a Miscellaneous Request
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
356-8593
Specimen(s):
Sputum and BAL Fluid
Specimen Instructions:
Identify specimen type. Refrigerate specimen if transport to laboratory is delayed over 1 hour.
Collection Medium:
Sterile Container
Minimum:
Preferred sputum volume is 3-5 mL but smaller specimen volume is acceptable if the quality is satisfactory. Satisfactory quality implies the presence of mucoid or mucopurulent material.

Sputum Collection Notes:
1. An early morning specimen is preferred.
2. If possible, have the patient rinse mouth and gargle with water prior to sputum collection.
3. Instruct patient not to expectorate saliva or postnasal discharge into sterile container.

Sterile container, Product #37777 or #37778
Rejection Criteria:
Room temperature or frozen specimen.
Delivery Instructions:
Deliver to laboratory immediately after collection.
Turn Around Time:
1-3 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
Reference Range:
Not Detected
Comments:
Provide clinical diagnosis and date of onset.
Methodology:
PCR
CPT Code:
87541