Proper Handling of Microbiology Specimens is Vital to Obtaining the Best Results (Medical Microbiology–Specimen Collection) (Report)

Proper Handling of Microbiology Specimens is Vital to Obtaining the Best Results (Medical Microbiology--Specimen Collection) (Report)

‘Specimens submitted for microbiological testing require proper handling from the time of collection through all stages of transport, storage and processing. Issues common to all clinical specimens submitted for microbiological testing include not only proper identification, but also collection techniques that maximize recovery of microbiological pathogens and minimize contamination. For specimens like sputum & urine, the relative proportions of micro-organisms present in vivo, must be preserved or culture results can be misleading. If specimens are handled properly, culture results are easier to interpret, patient care is improved and costs are potentially decreased. In addition emphasis has now been placed on modifying traditional practices to decrease or eliminate unnecessary work, increase laboratory efficiency and make microbiological testing more cost effective.’ –Weinstein & Reller, 1996

Proper Handling of Microbiology Specimens is Vital to Obtaining the Best Results (Medical Microbiology--Specimen Collection) (Report)



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