Blood infection (or Septicemia) is a condition when a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body, enters into the bloodstream. The condition is life-threatening as the bacteria release toxins that can be carried via blood to the entire body.
Blood Culture Tests is a serologic test that looks for the presence of foreign invaders such as yeast, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms in the bloodstream. The test helps diagnose blood infection (or Septicemia).
Blood Culture Test is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that takes a blood sample to detect infections spreading through the bloodstream. Doctors may prescribe this test if the patient is suffering from organ failure, low blood pressure, blood clotting in blood vessels, inflammation in lymphatic nodes and high pulse rate.
The test helps determine the specific type of bacteria affecting the blood. It is useful for planning the treatment to fight infection.
Why get tested?
Blood Culture Test is performed to confirm the presence of foreign invaders in the blood. It is conducted:
To diagnose blood infection
To detect endocarditis, a condition when bacteria in the bloodstream sticks to the valves in the heart
This test includes
CULTURE & SENSITIVITY, AEROBIC BACTERIA BLOOD SINGLE BOTTLE
The patient should wear a half-sleeved T-shirt so that the blood can be drawn easily.
In order to avoid misdiagnosis, the patient must share his/ her medical history with the doctor before taking the test.
The patient should avoid taking certain medicines before the test as the may alter the test results. If the patient is taking any medicine, he/she must consult it with the doctor so as to avoid any lab contraindications.
It is advisable to take this test in the morning for accurate results.
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