Any specimen >48 hours old; 24 hour pooled sputum; sputum received for anaerobic culture; room temperature specimens 2 hours or older; specimens which have leaked and contaminated the outside of collection container; Sputum specimenss with >25 epithelial
This is a send out to Quest. Quest test code is 4556.
Sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap container with sputum
Room temperature: 2 hours MAXIMUM; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable