Sputum Sampling


Helps clinicians diagnose things like pneumonia, bronchitis, and TB. the specimen must be of sufficient quantity. You need at least 15 ml to identify the offending organism. For some patients, such as those suspected of having TB, it may be necessary to obtain as many as three sputum specimens before the pathogen can be determined and the appropriate treatment begun. Bacterial sputum cultures detect the presence of disease-causing bacteria (pathogens) in people who are suspected of having bacterial pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections. Bacteria in the sample are identified and susceptibility testing is performed to guide antibiotic treatment.