ACCEPTABLE SPECIMENS INCLUDE: bronchial washes, sputum, and tracheal aspirates (all collected in a sterile, leak-proof container) OR "gagged" throat specimens (collected via double swab culture set)
1-2 mLs wash/sputum/aspirate; 1 double swab culture set
1 mL wash/sputum/aspirate; 1 double swab culture set
Send to the lab immediately at room temperature
Wash, sputum, and aspirate specimens must be received in the lab within 30 minutes of collection. Swab specimens are stable up to 2 hours after collection.
Specimens should not be refrigerated. Specimens collected for this culture are not suitable for anaerobic culture.
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