SPUTUM CULTURE (088-0062)
Synonyms: Culture, sputum
CPT 4 Code: 87070
Test Order Mnemonic: C SP
Test Includes: A gram stain to screen for adequacy of specimen, identification of pathogenic organisms and antimicrobial susceptibility testing when appropriate
Request Form: Microbiology
Collection: Induced or expectorated sputum in a sterile container. Early AM collected specimens are recommended.
Storage Instructions: Refrigerate.
Causes for Rejection: Leaking container, more than one specimen submitted within a 72-hour time, specimen contaminated with upper respiratory tract secretions, insufficient quantity of sample for all requested tests.
Availability: Samples are accepted 24 hours per day at the Microbiology Processing Laboratory, Room 5.137 McCullough.
Turnaround Time: Preliminary report after 1 day, final report after 3 days
Volume: 5 ml
Minimum Volume: 3 ml
Container: Sterile, leak-proof container
Revised 6/24/2011 by T. Friloux