What Is Sputum? - Definition, Culture & Types


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Describe normal sputum.

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1. What would the sputum of someone with tuberculosis look like?

2. Which way would be the proper way to obtain a sputum sample

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Revisit your knowledge of sputum in this quiz and worksheet. You'll review what sputum is, how to take a culture and what testing sputum can tell you about a patient's health.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The focus on this quiz and worksheet is to check what you know about:

  • Characteristics of normal sputum
  • Symptoms of disease in sputum
  • How to take a sputum sample
  • Time frame for testing and treating

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - review your understanding of how to differentiate healthy sputum from sputum that indicates illness
  • Knowledge application - ensure you that you can apply what you know about sputum testing to answer questions about testing time
  • Information recall - check that you are able to recall when the best time to start antibiotics is

Additional Learning

If you need to review sputum in more detail, check out the provided lesson, What is Sputum? - Definition, Culture & Types. The lesson offers an overview of:

  • What sputum is
  • Key terms related to sputum like pulmonary edema, mucoid and purulent
  • How to test sputum
  • Sputum under the microscope
  • Determining medication