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Interpretation of microbiological reports

Orth, Heidi (2008-12)

The original publication is available at http://www.cmej.org.za/index.php/cmej


The quality of a laboratory report is influenced by many variables such as the quality of the specimen collected, the time of transporting the specimen to the laboratory and the provision of appropriate and correct information on the laboratory request form to guide the laboratory in processing and interpreting the culture results. The laboratory procedures are quality controlled to guarantee relevant, reliable, timely, and correctly interpreted reports that will guide patient management. However, poor-quality specimens may lead to misleading results, inappropriate antimicrobial therapy and delay in diagnosis.

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