Culture of Nose swabs for the isolation and identification of Bacterial Pathogens.
Antimicrobial sensitivity testing is performed as appropriate.
To determine the presence of Bacterial pathogens which may be causing an infection.
Please provide relevant clinical details with the request: this helps the lab process the sample correctly and provide the best result for the patient:
Please state the site of swab.
Please state clearly the following: whether the patient is diabetic, any history of foreign travel in the last 6 months, if the patient is immunocompromised, current and recent antibiotic therapy.
Is this a screening swab? (e.g. for MRSA/MSSA)
Please do not repeat in under 48 hours.
Tested in house at RD&E
48 – 72 HoursSpecimen Labelling Procedure