Small person is *finally* being seen by the RBH for the first time tomorrow (after a huge amount of faff and stress), but I now have a new ‘dilemma’: after several weeks of struggling on with an untreated infection, her sputum is absolutely vile, but she’s mostly clearing the really good, occasionally blood-streaked stuff with physio as opposed to spontaneously throughout the day, and her appointment isn’t until 3:15. What’s the consensus view on storing sputum samples for culture? If you do do it, do you chill or not chill? We’d be leaving home at around midday, so it would still be at room temp for up to 3 hours or so before being handed over...I should have phoned and asked, but in amongst all the other stuff going on, it just didn’t cross my tiny mind 🤦♂️
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