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Which of the following nursing actions will facilitate obtaining the specimen? A nurse is preparing to obtain a sputum specimen from a client.

This question is part of Respiratory System | Asthma & COPD NCLEX Quiz 31
Asked by Santepro, Last updated: Nov 23, 2020

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Answered Aug 22, 2018

Having the client take 3 deep breaths.

To obtain a sputum specimen. the client should rinse the mouth to prevent contamination. breathe deeply. and then cough unto a sputum specimen container. The client should be encouraged to cough and not spit so as to obtain sputum. Sputum can be thinned by fluids or by a respiratory treatment such as inhalation of nebulized saline or water. The optimal time to obtain a specimen is on arising in the morning.
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