The culture and sensitivity – aerobic (blood) test helps to check the presence of a systemic infection. It also helps to detect and identify the presence of bacteria or yeast in the blood.
The culture and sensitivity – aerobic (blood) test is done:
• In case of signs or symptoms of sepsis
Frequently asked questions
How is the blood sample taken?
To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
What is Sepsis?
A. Sepsis is a life-threatening illness. It is caused by the body in response to the infection.
What are the symptoms of sepsis?
The symptoms of sepsis include fever, high heart rate, high breathing rate, and infection.
What are the signs of severe sepsis?
The signs of severe sepsis include decreased urination, patches of discolored skin, changes in mental state, low platelet count, breathing problems, abnormal heart functions, chills, extreme weakness, and unconsciousness .
Which infections are more likely to cause sepsis?
The infections that are more likely to cause sepsis include pneumonia, infection in the abdomen, and infection in the blood.
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