Symptoms And Treatment Of A Wound Culture Essay

807 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Introduction The wound culture is primarily used in the identification of bacteria if present. A wound culture is performed when a person shows signs and symptoms of inflammation, swelling, tenderness, redness and pain. Once bacteria have been identified in a wound. A susceptibility test is performed. A susceptibility test is used to determine the likelihood that a particular antibiotic or antifungal drug will be effective in stopping the growth of the bacteria or fungi causing infection (Bacterial Wound Culture n.d.). A culture is collected and placed on a growth medium. The presence of bacteria, the culture will be positive. The culture will test negative without the presence of bacteria.
Body of Paper A wound culture should be performed on people showing signs and symptoms of soft tissue infections with open or draining lesions; or of insect or spider bite with necrotizing center, drainage, and erythema; or an abscess and infected laceration (Skin and soft tissue wound protocols 2012). Wound cultures can be ordered also when a person has been taking antibiotic to test for its effectiveness if the person has a chronic infection (Bacterial Wound Culture n.d.).
Procedure
To perform a wound culture one should begin with a wound cleansing. If one was performing an incision or drain an abscess, one should begin by making sure that aseptic techniques are used. One should already have supplies available by ones’ work side. The supplies for a wound culture include saline, wound…

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