Cystic fibrosis (CF) screen
- Sputum is the preferred sample, but cough swabs are accepted
- Samples are cultured for both routine respiratory and cystic fibrosis (CF) associated pathogens
- Sputum samples may be examined for Mycobacteria on request. Frequency should not be more than once every two months.
- Current or recent antibiotic therapy
- Antibiotic allergies
Transport without delay to ensure survival of fastidious organisms. Where transport is difficult, specimens may be cultured up to 48hr after collection. If specimens are not processed on the same day as they are collected, interpretation of results should be made with care.
If transport is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature.
Transport without delay, if transport is delayed store at ambient temperature
Up to 8 days
Page last reviewed: 15/04/2015