Aid in the early diagnosis of mycobacterial infections. A negative smear does not rule out mycobacterial infection.
Collect specimen in a sterile, leakproof container.
For respiratory specimens, collect three sputum samples from
deep productive coughs in consecutive 8 to 24 hour intervals per CDC
guidelines (at least one should be an early morning specimen).
Refrigerate all samples within 1 hour of collection time.
Ship specimens on cold pack within 24 hours of collection.
Reported (Analytical Time)
Specimen Stability: Room temperature and Frozen: Unacceptable Transport Temperature: Refrigerated Methodology: Microscopic exam with fluorochrome stain Reject Criteria: Pooled specimens; smear prepared by client Source of specimen is required, please include on requisition.