Sputum: Three specimens collected 8-24 hours apart and include at least one first morning specimen is recommended.
Urine: Early morning void on 3 consecutive days is recommended.
Gastric: Collect before the patient eats in a sterile, plastic container with a leak proof lid. Gastric Aspirates must be buffered with aliquots of liquid bicarbonate buffer provided to each core laboratory by the Microbiology Department within 30 minutes.
Induced sputum: Induced sputum collection should only be performed under close medical supervision and using strict infection control procedures. Patients requiring induced sputum collection should be referred to a pulmonary clinic.