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A Primer on Wound Culture Swab: Essential Facts & Guidelines
2023-09-05
A Primer on Wound Culture Swab: Essential Facts & Guidelines
A Primer on Wound Culture Swab: Essential Facts & Guidelines Wound infections significantly impair healing and can lead to serious complications. Culture swabs are a critical diagnostic tool to identify pathogens and guide treatment. But what is the best technique for optimal results? We review evidence comparing swab and tissue cultures, and provide recommendations fo...
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The Pros and Cons of Using Mouth Swabs For Elderly Oral Care
2023-09-04
The Pros and Cons of Using Mouth Swabs For Elderly Oral Care
The Pros and Cons of Using Mouth Swabs For Elderly Oral Care Oral hygiene is critical yet challenging for many elderly patients. Mouth swabs are often used as an alternative to toothbrushing to clean the mouths of hospitalized or nursing home patients. This article examines the use of swabs for oral care in the elderly, including their effectiveness, impact on pneumonia ri...
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Everything You Need To Know About Aerobic Culture Swabs
2023-09-01
Everything You Need To Know About Aerobic Culture Swabs
Everything You Need To Know About Aerobic Culture Swabs What are aerobic culture swabs? Aerobic culture swabs are used to collect specimens from patients to test for the presence of aerobic bacteria. They consist of a swab tip made of synthetic material such as polyester, rayon, or nylon attached to a plastic shaft. The swab tip is sterile and is used to collect bac...
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A Full Comparison of Inactivated and Non-inactivated VTM
2023-08-31
A Full Comparison of Inactivated and Non-inactivated VTM
A Full Comparison of Inactivated and Non-inactivated VTM What are Inactivated and Non-inactivated Viral Transport Media? Viral transport media (VTM) are designed to preserve and transport viruses for laboratory analysis. There are two main types - inactivated and non-inactivated. Inactivated VTM contains chemicals that destroy the infectivity of viruses while p...
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Findings About Dog Antimicrobial Resistance in Growth Medium
2023-08-31
Findings About Dog Antimicrobial Resistance in Growth Medium
Findings About Dog Antimicrobial Resistance in Growth Medium Antimicrobial resistance poses a major threat to public health globally. While resistance emerging in bacteria from food animals grabs headlines, the role of dogs as mediators of resistance merits dedicated focus. The close bond shared between humans and dogs creates a conduit for exchange of resistant microbes. ...
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Can Tongue Swabs Improve Tuberculosis Detection in Children?
2023-08-31
Can Tongue Swabs Improve Tuberculosis Detection in Children?
Can Tongue Swabs Improve Tuberculosis Detection in Children? Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Childhood TB is especially difficult to diagnose due to paucibacillary disease and limitations of current tests. Could sampling the oral cavity provide a better approach? Recent research indicates promise for detecting Mycobacterium tuberculos...
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Using Vaginal Swabs To Measure pH: Can We Detect AVF?
2023-08-22
Using Vaginal Swabs To Measure pH: Can We Detect AVF?
Using Vaginal Swabs To Measure pH: Can We Detect AVF? Detecting abnormal vaginal flora (AVF) usually requires multiple tests at a gynecology clinic. A study evaluated a faster screening tool - a vaginal swab that measures pH levels. The goal was to see if this fast swab test could accurately detect women who need further testing. A easy screening tool could improve gynec...
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Using Chlorhexidine Swabs to Disinfect: A Key to Safer Blood Products
2023-08-22
Using Chlorhexidine Swabs to Disinfect: A Key to Safer Blood Products
Using Chlorhexidine Swabs to Disinfect: A Key to Safer Blood Products How Does Bacteria Get into Donated Blood Products? Bacterial contamination of donated blood products like red blood cells and platelets remains a major challenge for blood banks and transfusion services. The presence of bacteria in blood can lead to transfusion reactions and morbidity in recipients...
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Which Preoperative Swab is Best For Reducing Surgical Site Infections?
2023-08-22
Which Preoperative Swab is Best For Reducing Surgical Site Infections?
Which Preoperative Swab is Best For Reducing Surgical Site Infections? What is the purpose of preoperative skin preparation? Preoperative skin preparation is an important part of the effort to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs). The skin at the surgical site is cleansed before surgery to remove microorganisms that could lead to postoperative infections. Effecti...
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Should Alcohol Swabsticks Be Mandatory For All Injections?
2023-08-22
Should Alcohol Swabsticks Be Mandatory For All Injections?
Should Alcohol Swabsticks Be Mandatory For All Injections? What is the issue? A concerning proportion of people who inject drugs (PWID) do not use alcohol swabs to clean injection sites, putting them at risk of complications like abscesses and cellulitis. A recent Australian study found 28% said they never or almost never use swabs, and 26% did not swab be...
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Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs: An Optimal Method for Respiratory Virus Detection
2023-08-17
Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs: An Optimal Method for Respiratory Virus Detection
Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs: An Optimal Method for Respiratory Virus Detection Respiratory viral infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in children. Timely diagnosis of these infections is crucial for clinical management. Traditionally, nasopharyngeal washes or aspirates have been considered the gold standard for respiratory virus sa...
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