Microbiology - Bacteriology
Patient preparation: Pre collection mouth rinse with distilled water or saline recommended.
Sputum should consist of lower respiratory secretions only and free of food and/or medication.
Only one good quality specimen per day is required for routine culture.
Deliver ASAP to lab at room temperature. Do not refrigerate
Gram stain and routine culture
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Relevant clinical details will assist in correct specimen handling.
Specimens heavily contaminated with epithelial cells and saliva, which represent oropharyngeal contamination will be rejected (this does not include induced/physiotherapist collected sputum).