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C/S Aerobic Bed Sore Swab


C/S Aerobic Bed Sore Swab

Also known as Culture And Sensitivity Aerobic Bed Sore Swab
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What is this test?

Individuals bedridden for a long time or constant pressure at a certain point on the skin will often develop ulcers on the skin which can be called as bedsores or pressure ulcers, these bed sores will often get infected and may lead to deep infections. These bacterial infections may be caused by aerobic or anaerobic bacteria. To identify and treat the kind of bacteria which is causing the infection a sample is collected from the bed sore. This helps the doctor to provide the necessary treatment to the individual.

What are bed sores?

Bed sores are the injuries to your skin and underlying tissues resulting from the prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores are usually developed on the skin which covers bony areas of the body like ankles, hips, tailbone, etc. These bedsores are experienced by people with medical conditions which limit their movements without changing their positions or to those who spend most of their time in a bed. The symptoms of bedsores include swelling, pus-like draining, changes in skin color or skin texture, tenderness, etc. The common sites for bedsores are tailbones, buttocks, hips, spine, shoulder blades, lower back, heels, ankles, skin behind the knees, etc.

What are Bacteria, and Aerobic Bacteria:

Bacteria are the single-celled microorganisms that can live within the soil, in the ocean and also inside the human gut. They have a number of shapes such as spirals, rods, and spheres etc. Some bacteria can cause illness to the human body and some other plays a major role in the overall functioning of our ecosystem.

Aerobic bacteria are the bacteria which can survive in the presence of oxygen only. In the absence of oxygen, aerobic bacteria cannot survive and can die. Some of the aerobic bacteria are Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nocardia, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis etc.

Why this test is performed?

This test may be recommended to you if have symptoms of bedsores like swelling, pus-like draining, changes in skin color or skin texture, tenderness, etc. This test may be specially performed to check if the infection is due to aerobic bacteria or not, to plan the treatment according to the type of bacteria and also to check the effectiveness of the treatment given.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your C/S Aerobic Bed Sore Swab. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for C/S Aerobic Bed Sore Swab.

No specific preparation is required for this test.

Understanding your test results

The normal test results may vary depending on age, health history, medical condition, etc.

If your test results show negative it means there is no growth of anaerobic bacteria.

If your test results show positive it may indicate that you may have an anaerobic bacterial infection.

If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately with your lab test reports.

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsThe growth depends on the infecting organism. Clearing around the disc indicates organism is sensitive to antibiotic
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