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Understanding Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult

What is Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult?

The Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test detects and identifies the presence of bacteria or fungi in the blood of adults. It helps diagnose bacterial infections of the blood (bacteremia), sepsis, and other infections that can become fatal if not treated promptly. On identification of the organism, antibiotic susceptibilities are performed to aid in the selection of appropriate antibiotics for treatment.

Bacteremia or infections of the blood occur secondary to infections at other sites of the body such as lungs, urinary tract, skin, etc., medical procedures, or due to invasive devices such as catheters. A Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test identifies the aerobic bacteria or fungi (those that need oxygen for survival) that cause bacteremia or other severe infections. This helps the doctor select appropriate antibiotics to optimize treatment outcomes and minimize the development of antibiotic resistance.

The doctor may suggest this test if you experience symptoms suggestive of bacteremia, such as ​​fever, chills, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, etc. The Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test employs rapid automated cultures, which can identify the organisms earlier and with increased sensitivity compared to conventional culture.

No special preparation is needed for this test. However, inform the doctor about all the medications you may be taking, as they might interfere with the test results, and the doctor may ask to discontinue them temporarily.

Test result ranges are approximate and may differ slightly between labs. Talk to your doctor about your specific test results. Based on these, the doctor analyzes which medications are best for treating the present condition and whether more testing or procedures are necessary to ensure effective therapy.

What is Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult used for?

The Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test can be done:

  • In case signs or symptoms of infection/sepsis, including fever, rapid heart rate, nausea, confusion, and reduced frequency of urination are noticed.
  • In critically ill patients, individuals with recent infections, those with a history of recent surgery or valve replacement, or when there is a high risk of systemic infections 
  • To monitor response to an ongoing treatment.

What does Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult measure?

The Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test can help detect pathogens such as bacteria or fungi that can cause blood infections (bacteremia). Severe infection may lead to sepsis, which is a life-threatening emergency that needs immediate medical attention. Identifying the right cause of infection makes initiating treatment and formulating an effective treatment plan easier. 

The Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult is a simple test in which the blood sample is placed in a special container designed to encourage the growth of aerobic bacteria that require oxygen for survival. After some time, the blood sample is examined under a microscope to determine if bacteria are present.

If test results are positive, the infection-causing bacteria is identified, and an antibiotic susceptibility test may be conducted to determine which antibiotics would be effective for treatment. If yeasts or fungi are the source of infection, appropriate treatment for fungal infections can be commenced.

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult

Frequently Asked Questions about Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult

Q. Why is the Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test important?

The Culture Aerobic Blood (Automated), Adult test is important in identifying the presence of bacteria as well as guiding which antibiotics should be used for treatment. This helps in providing targeted and effective treatment.

Q. What does aerobic mean in the context of bacterial culture?

Aerobic means that bacteria grow in the presence of oxygen. Most bacteria that infect humans are aerobic.

Q. What are the risks associated with this test?

There are minimal risks associated with this test. If a blood sample is taken, there might be slight pain or bruising at the site of the needle prick. Talk to your doctor if these do not resolve after some time or bother you.

Q. What factors might affect the level of bacteria in the blood samples?

Factors might include whether or not an infection is present, recent use of antibiotics, and the sample collection procedure.

Q. What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?

The signs and symptoms of sepsis include chills, fever, nausea, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, confusion, and decreased frequency of urination. In case of severe infection, the signs and symptoms include the occurrence of inflammation throughout the body, the formation of many tiny blood clots in small blood vessels, a drop in blood pressure, and failure of one or more organs.

Q. What does a negative culture aerobic blood test result mean?

A negative result does not always mean that the person is not infected. There are some microbes/pathogens which take time to grow in the blood culture medium. In case of viral infection, additional tests are advised as viruses cannot be detected using a blood culture medium.
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