Imperial Collage Healthcare

Sputum culture


Sample Required
Expectorated or induced sputum samples


Sample Container
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

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