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Collecting a Sputum Sample Good quality sputum specimens Patient and staff safety.

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1 Collecting a Sputum Sample Good quality sputum specimens Patient and staff safety

2 Preparing to get a sputum sample

3 The nurse explains to Mercy why she needs a sputum sample

4 Why are two sputum specimens needed? Two samples help ensure patients found to be positive for TB are not missed. – Initial specimen – positive for 83-87% of all patients – Second specimen- positive for 10-12% of all patients

5 Mercy rinses her mouth before the sputum sample is collected

6 Picture 4 – Mercy and HCP are standing in front of a window

7 Nurse demonstrates how to cough for a sputum

8 Ensuring privacy and ventilation

9 Infection control precautions: handling the specimen

10 The specimen

11 Addressing Mercy’s anxieties


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