Diagnostic Test Directory

Microbiology Laboratory

Sputum Culture

  • LIS Mnemonic: CRDSPUT

    Collect

    Sputum in a sterile leak-proof screw-capped container

    Volume Required

    1- 5mLs

    Minimum Required

    1 mL

    Transport

    Send to laboratory immediately at room temperature

    Stability

    Up to 1 hour after collection

    Unacceptable conditions

    Refrigerated specimens; not suitable for anaerobic culture



    Saliva specimens (Consult with Respiratory Therapy regarding induced sputum samples if having difficulty obtaining a sputum)





Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Updates Daily Until Final

CPT

87070

Methodology

Culture