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Infection Control Long Term Care: Procedures for Specimen Collection and Transport Mobile App

The Infection Control Long Term Care: Procedures for Specimen Collection and Transport mobile app contains scientifically based information to improve the assessment of residents. It provides nursing professionals with criteria for identifying specific body-site infections. This enhances the objectivity of reporting signs and symptoms to providers and helps providers make decisions whether or not to culture sites, order other diagnostic tests, and/or prescribe treatment, including antimicrobials. Laboratory results for your residents are contingent on the quality of the sample taken and proper adherence to transport directions. Poorly collected or transported specimens will lead to improper or delayed treatment for your resident. It is imperative that your contract laboratory provides your facility with complete guidelines for proper collection and transport of specimens. These guidelines must be available and used by all the professional staff in your facility Go Green with GoCanvas!

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    Laboratory results for your residents are contingent on the quality of the sample taken and prope...

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    It is imperative that your contract laboratory provides your facility with complete guidelines fo...

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    Follow OSHA bloodborne standards.

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    Do not contaminate the external surface of the collection/transport device or the accompanying pa...

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    Minimize direct handling of the specimen from the resident to the laboratory by utilizing transpo...

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    Consult with contract laboratory for specific collection procedures and devices, holding, and tra...

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    Obtain cultures prior to initiation of antibiotic therapy OR after residents or personnel have be...

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    Every specimen submitted to a laboratory must be labeled with at least the patient name, source o...

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    Utilize sterile equipment and aseptic technique to minimize contamination with normal flora.

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    Collect adequate amounts of the specimen to eliminate false negative results.

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    Select the correct anatomic site from which to obtain the specimen and use the proper supplies an...

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    Culture the anterior nares only.

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    Instruct resident to breathe through his/her mouth as this will lessen gagging.

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    A nasopharyngeal wire swab should be passed along the floor of the nose posteriorly until it con...

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    Consult your laboratory manual for complete directions when performing skin scrappings to test f...

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    A first morning, deep cough is recommended.

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    Best results will be obtained if the ear is actually draining.

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    Swabs for culture should be taken prior to application of topical antibiotics.

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    Tissue or fluid obtained from a site are superior to swab specimens.

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    Surface Wounds: When collecting surface wound cultures, first wipe off superficial drainage with ...

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    Deep Wounds: Deep wounds may contain anaerobic organisms that require special transport conditions.

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    Abscesses: Use a needle and syringe to aspirate the fluid.

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    All urine specimens, clean, voided or catheterized must be collected in a sterile container or u...

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    Antibiotics, barium, and mineral oil are toxic to bacteria so stool specimens need to be obtaine...

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    A single negative stool culture or examination for ova and parasites cannot be accepted as suffic...

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    Swab should be inserted just inside the anus and rotated with firm pressure.

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    The laboratory should provide the facility with commercial collection kits and blood culture bot...

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    Suggested Steps for Obtaining Blood Cultures: (Please consult and follow your own laboratory-spec...

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