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Culture and Sensitivity - Aerobic [BLOOD]

Culture and Sensitivity - Aerobic [Blood] is an essential diagnostic test used in identifying bacteria or fungi in the blood. When bacteria or fungi enter the bloodstream, it can cause a severe systemic infection known as bloodstream infection or sepsis. Early detection and identification are crucial for appropriate treatment, as bloodstream infections can be life-threatening.

  • Profile Name: Culture and Sensitivity - Aerobic [BLOOD]
  • Sample Type: Blood
  • Preparations Required: There is no special preparation needed for the blood draw, but it's important to inform the doctor of any medications you are taking as they may affect the results.
  • Report Time: 8 days

The culture part of the test involves taking a blood sample and putting it in a culture medium that encourages the growth of bacteria or fungi. The sensitivity portion involves exposing the cultured bacteria to various antibiotics to determine which are most effective in treating the infection. Knowing the most effective antibiotic to use is especially important when dealing with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is a diagnostic test that cultures blood to identify bacteria or fungi that might be causing a bloodstream infection. It also tests the bacteria against various antibiotics to find out which ones are effective in treating the infection.

Bloodstream infections can be severe and life-threatening. Identifying the cause and the most effective antibiotic is crucial for prompt and proper treatment.

A healthcare professional will clean an area of your arm and insert a needle into a vein to collect blood. The blood is then sent to a laboratory for testing.

A positive result means that bacteria or fungi are present in the blood. The sensitivity part of the test will help in determining which antibiotics are effective against these bacteria or fungi.

No, fasting is not required for this test.

You may feel a slight pinch or sting when the needle is inserted. Some people might experience minor bruising at the site of the needle insertion.

This test is used to detect bloodstream infections caused by bacteria or fungi, such as sepsis.

Preliminary results can be available within 24-72 hours, but complete results including antibiotic sensitivity may take 5-7 days.

The risks are minimal but may include slight pain, bruising, or infection at the needle site.

If the test is positive, it’s important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor diligently.

Yes, doctors often start treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics while waiting for the culture results to confirm the specific infection and tailor the treatment accordingly.

This test is typically done when there is a suspicion of a bloodstream infection based on symptoms and clinical evaluation. It's not a routine test.

The sensitivity results will be interpreted by your doctor to decide the most effective antibiotic for treating the infection.

In case of an abnormal result, you should consult an infectious disease specialist or your primary care doctor.

Yes, especially antibiotics can affect the results. It's important to inform the doctor of any medications you are taking.

Yes, ongoing antibiotic therapy can affect the results, as can certain underlying health conditions such as immunosuppression.

Early detection and proper treatment of bloodstream infections are crucial. Culture and Sensitivity - Aerobic [Blood] plays a vital role in identifying the bacteria or fungi responsible for the infection and determining the most effective antibiotics for treatment. Following your doctor’s instructions and treatment plan is essential in managing bloodstream infections.

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