Rejection criteria for endotracheal aspirates from adults.

  title={Rejection criteria for endotracheal aspirates from adults.},
  author={A. S. Morris and David C Tanner and L. Barth Reller},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  volume={31 5},
Although criteria have been established to assess the quality of sputum specimens, no criteria for assessing the quality of endotracheal suction aspirates (ETSA) exist. Therefore, we compared the Gram stain (GS) and culture results for 504 consecutive ETSA specimens. Results recorded for GS included the numbers of squamous epithelial cells (SEC) and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PML) per low-power field (LPF) (magnification, x100) as well as the quantities and types of organisms per high-power… CONTINUE READING

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