|Includes:||Culture and Gram Stain, susceptibility included if warranted.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours|
|Turnaround:||Preliminary report at 1 day. No growth or normal flora cultures are finalized at 2 days, positives as identified.|
|Specimen:||Sputum in sterile container or on culturette|
|Container:||Culturette or sterile container|
|Temperature:||Room temperature - 12 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)
|Rejection:||Saliva instead of sputum.
Contamination with food particles.
Not received within specified time frame.
|Normal:||No growth or normal flora.|
|Uses:||Identify microorganisms that may cause infection.|
|Limitations:||Antibiotic therapy may inhibit growth. Contamination with adjacent areas should be avoided.|
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