2 hours ambient or 24 hours refrigerated. Specimen unstable frozen.
2 mL sputum.
1 mL sputum.
Ambient or refrigerated.
The quality of the specimen will be assessed with a gram stain. Specimen with less than 10 squamous epithelial cells per low power field will be cultured. Potential pathogens will be identified. Susceptibility testing will be done if appropriate. Additional charges will be added for these tests.
Delayed transport; unsterile or leaking container; frozen specimen; greater than 10 epithelial cells per low power field on gram stain.