Sputum Culture

Infectious Disease Laboratories:Microbiology

Test ID/Workstation: SPUT MIC2

Specimen Type: Sputum

Tube Type: Specimen container

Collection Volume: 5.0 mL (minimum 1.0 mL)

Cause for rejection: Specimen received in nonsterile container. Sputum specimen containing food particles. Specimen sent on swab is not appropriate for culture.

Storage: Ambient

Availability: Daily

Methodology: Culture

Special Instructions: Sputum culture includes gram stain to check the quality of the specimen. A gram stain showing >25 squamous epithelial cells indicates that the specimen is contaminated with saliva and should be repeated if possible. The laboratory will communicate with the nurse or doctor if the specimen is contaminated to ascertain whether the specimen should be cultured. A CF patient will be processed regardless of gram stain result per CF protocol.

Lab/Phone: 330-543-8412

TAT: 48 hours

Additional Info: Preliminary report available after 24 hours

CPT Code: 87070

Synonyms: CF (cystic fibrosis) Sputum Culture

Specimen Collection Procedures
Respiratory Specimen Collection

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