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Sputum culture

Category Microbiology
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Clinicial Indications
Sample & container required Expectorated or induced sputum samples. Sterile universal container (not sputum trap container)
Sample volume 2 mL
Transport storage Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or store overnight at room temperature
Turnaround time 3 days
Notes

Patient preparation:

  • Collect specimen under direct supervision of nurse or physician
  • Have patient rinse or gargle with water
  • Instruct patient to cough deeply to produce lower respiratory specimen (not postnasal fluid). For induced samples, nebulizer will be used
  • Collect into sterile container