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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: