Use only for respiratory specimens NOT collected with a bronchoscope. May be used for expectorated sputum, endotracheal apirates, nasal wash and suctioned respiratory secretion. Use separate order for throat
, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma
or Virology may also be ordered separately. NOT FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS SPECIMENS, which require a special reference test.
Induced sputum: Induced sputum collection should only be performed under close medical supervision and using strict infection control procedures. Patients requiring induced sputum collection should be referred to a pulmonary clinic.