Lab Test : Sputum Culture Routine includes Gram Stain

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Alternate:N/A
Includes:Culture and Gram Stain, susceptibility included if warranted.
Department:Microbiology
Phone:(937) 641-3902
SQ Code:SPUC
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
Volume:1 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.
Method:Culture
 

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