blood culture


A blood culture is called a blood culture, which is widely used in the field of medicine to reveal different forms of infection caused by some contaminant present in the blood. This procedure is carried out in a laboratory and must be carried out if it is believed that an individual is presenting characteristic symptoms of an infection that will very surely be in the process of development or, failing that, if it is necessary to detect an infectious agent that causes it, for that way to be able to develop the correct treatment to eradicate it, since otherwise the treatment will not be effective, since there are certain bacteria or microorganisms that are resistant to certain drugs.

In order to carry out a blood culture, it is necessary to extract a blood sample from the patient, then proceed to culture said sample, in order to verify if there are microorganisms present, for this reason it is of great importance that the management of said sample does not present alterations since it could alter the results, after the sample is taken it must be transferred to the laboratory where it must be emptied in the Petri dishes, together with certain elements that can favor microorganisms present in the sample to spread, after that, said container must be placed in an environment where there is presence of humidity and a temperature that does not present variations, where it must wait the time required for external agents to develop and can be confirm or not the presence of them in the analyzed sample.

On many occasions, infectious agents can be identified through techniques where the sample taken is stained with different dyes, which may allow them to be detected through the use of microscopes, the most common being Gram’s stain.

After the samples are analyzed, the doctor in charge of performing the analysis must proceed to prepare a report detailing in detail the results obtained. If in said report the values ​​are normal, it means that there is no presence of microorganisms or infection in the patient.