Definition : Containers used to retrieve sputum samples from patients for diagnostic testing (e.g., sputum culture, Gram stain, acid-fast bacilli identification). They are typically constructed of plastic and are packaged as single-use sterile items. Some sputum collectors are designed to capture a sputum specimen directly from a patient with a productive cough; others are designed to be attached to a suction catheter for collecting sputum via an endotracheal tube.
Entry Terms : "Specimen Containers, Sputum" , "Traps, Sputum" , "Sputum Traps" , "Sputum Collectors" , "Collectors, Aspiration" , "Aspiration Collectors" , "Specimen Collection Containers" , "Sputum Collection Containers"
UMDC code : 10943