Bedsore swab may be cultured to test the sensitivity of the bacteria. This test helps in diagnosing anaerobic infection. Bedsore fluid is collected with a sterile cotton swab by your healthcare provider and immediately sent to the laboratory.
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 anaerobic bacteria?
Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that can not survive in the presence of oxygen. Some of the examples of anaerobic bacteria are Staphylococcus, E.Coli, Clostridium, Actinomyces, Acetobacterium, etc. The growth of anaerobic bacteria causes anaerobic infections. Anaerobic infections can occur when deep tissues are injured or exposed. This can occur due to surgery or trauma, etc. The risk factors of getting an anaerobic infection are diabetes, a weak immune system, low blood flow, staph infection, open wounds, etc. The common symptoms of anaerobic infection are smelly discharge, pus-filled abscess, discoloration of the infected area, 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 anaerobic bacteria or not. This test is also recommended to plan the treatment according to the type of bacteria. The test is recommended to check the effectiveness of the treatment given.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Bed Sore Swab. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Culture And Sensitivity Anaerobic Bed Sore Swab.
No specific preparation is required for this bedsore swab culture and sensitivity test.
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.V
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