skin ulcer, laceration, infected cut, diabetic, wounds, diabetic feet, sores, ulcers,
infectious wounds, ischemic wounds, surgical wounds, wounds from radiation poisoning
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What is Wound Panel Test?
A skin or wound culture is a test to find germs (such as bacteria or a fungus) that can cause an infection. A sample of skin, tissue, or fluid is added to a substance that promotes the growth of germs. If no germs grow, the culture is negative.
There are three techniques on laboratory methods for diagnosing wound infections, including deep-tissue biopsy, needle aspiration and swab culture.
A swab culture is the most common technique used because it is non-invasive and most cost-effective. This type of culture will usually identify the bacterial species of the infection and help steer antibiotic therapy.
Indicators of wound infection include redness, swelling, purulent exudate, smell, pain, and systemic illness in the absence of other foci. Subtle signs of local wound infection include unhealthy “foamy” granulation tissue, contact bleeding, tissue breakdown and epithelial bridging.
Types of Wounds We Test For
Surgical wounds and incisions
Thermal, chemical or electric burns
Bites and stings
Gunshot wounds, or other high velocity projectiles that can penetrate the body
Blunt Force Trauma Wounds
There are many factors that contribute to chronic, non-healing wounds, including systemic illnesses, age and repeated trauma, as well as conditions such as:
Diabetes, anemia, cancer and other long-term medical conditions including arthritis and kidney disease
Heart issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or varicose veins
Immobility, such as being confined to a wheelchair or bed
Harmful habits such as smoking, an unhealthy diet or inactivity
A weakened immune system from chemotherapy, immunosuppressive medications or medical conditions like AIDS
A history of ulcers
Acinetobacter baumannii - Bacteroides spp. - Citrobacter freundii
Citrobacter braakii - Enterobacter aerogenes - Enterobacter cloacae
Escherichia coli - Enterococcus faecalis - Enterococcus faecium
Klebsiella oxytoca - Klebsiella pneumoniae - Morganella morganii
Psuedomonas aeruginosa - Proteus mirabilis - Proteus vulgaris
Staphylococcus aureus - Streptococcus pyogenes - Endogenous Control
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