Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) Direct Immunofluorescent Stain

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: SM PCP
POE DESCRIPTION: P. CARINII CONCENTRATION
CPT CODE: 87299, 88108
TEST INFORMATION: The test is used to establish the presence of Pneumocystis carinii infection.
DAYS PERFORMED: Daily
TURNAROUND TIME: 1 day
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: The specific anatomic site of the specimen MUST be specified on the order or requisition.
CONTAINER TYPE: Sterile sputum container; sterile Leuken`s tube; sealed sterile container, no preservative.
COLLECTION: Nonbacteriostatic saline should be used when irrigation is utilized.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Bronchial washing or lavage
REJECTION CRITERIA: Inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, inppropriate specimen (i.e. sputum, Leuken`s), specimen received in a preservative.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 0.5 mL
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen should be transported as soon as possible. When transportation is delayed, refrigerate.
REFERENCE RANGE: No Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) seen
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: A report of no Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) seen does not exclude the possibility of infection. The quality of the specimen directly affects the test results.
METHODOLOGY: Direct immunofluorescent stain
TEST SYNONYM(S):PCP Stain; PCP DFA; PCP