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Submit sputum in sterile container.
Refer to CLS Form #MI6001:
Store specimen at room temperature for up to 2 hours or at 4°C, if a delay in transport.
Sputum specimens from Intensive Care Units (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) or Special Care Nurseries (SCN), and Cystic Fibrosis sputum specimens are transported as PRIORITY specimens: must be received at the DSC within 2 hours of receipt in the RRL.
Indicate Candida/Yeast on requisition if required.
Contamination with saliva yields inconclusive results.
Only one sputum per 24 hour period will be cultured.
Turnaround time for negative culture: 2 days.
|Testing Location||CLS Microbiology|