Monitoring expectorations facilitates thorough assessment and evaluation
of the client’s condition and response to treatment.
Expectorant refers to any secretions coughed out of the lungs and should not be confused with saliva (secretions from the mouth).
The equipment required for monitoring consists of sputum pot, weighing scales (if available), appropriate chart for documenting results, and gloves.
Disposal of sputum/oral secretions
Safe disposal of sputum/oral secretions is essential to prevent spread of infection.
The equipment required consists of sputum pot, waste bag for clinical
waste, and gloves.
Obtaining a sputum specimen
An analysis of a sputum specimen will identify any abnormalities and provide direction for appropriate treatment.
The equipment required consists of specimen pot with lid, clearly labelled with client details; request form signed by a doctor, and labelled with client details; specimen bag; tissues; and mouthwash/oral hygiene equipment.