|Specimen||1. Submit expectorated or endotracheal sputum only. For other specimen types order Culture Acid Fast which includes an acid fast stain.
2. Send specimen in a screw-capped, sterile container.
3. Label container with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and type of specimen.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING.
|Reference Values||No acid-fast bacilli seen
Positive stain is a critical value with auto call-back.
|Analytic Time||1 Day. Available by special arrangement on evenings, weekends, and holidays.|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Monday through Friday|