HOW TO COLLECT A SPUTUM/SALIVA SPECIMEN
Important Things to Consider:
Quality of testing is dependent on the quality of the sample. Incorrectly collected samples may produce inaccurate results.
For Sputum/Saliva Collection, please collect the specimen 30 minutes after ingesting food or drink.
Be careful not to spill the liquid in the tube. Do NOT drink the liquid.
3-5 mL of Sputum/Saliva is needed to ensure a good sample.
Make sure the specimen tube is labeled with the patient first and last name as well as patient date of birth.