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Bartlett's Grading System for Sputum Specimens

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Laboratory
Pulmonology & Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

The Bartlett system for grading sputum smears uses the number of leukocytes and oral epithelial cells to help separate suitable from poor specimens. This is important to minimize wasted resources from evaluating suboptimal specimens.

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