A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology / Edition 1

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Overview

A Guide to Specimen Management in Clinical Microbiology, Second Edition is the classic reference that addresses and meets the needs of everyone in the "total testing process" circle. It provides complete, concise information on the unique needs of the microbiology laboratory regarding specimen management and is the only single source for the specimen management policies required for laboratory results that are accurate, significant, and clinically relevant.

Medical, nursing, and medical technology students, practicing physicians, private practice offices, clinical laboratories, and public health laboratories can turn to this valuable resource to answer their questions on issues such as the correct procedures of specimen selection, collection, transport, and storage in the clinical microbiology laboratory, the rationale associated with the specimen requirements, and proper communication between the lab and its clients.

Section I examines the premises on which quality microbiology diagnostic processes depend, outlining the criteria that must be followed by the lab in the interest of good lab practice. Section II details the reasons why the lab must be involved in each part of the test process, including the preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical steps. The rationale for stringent standards for specimen quality is also outlined. Section III is the "how to collect" section that is written in NCCLS format for laboratorians and nurses to assist in preparing this portion of the procedure manual. It gives instructions on how to select, collect, store, and transport specimens for microbiologic analysis and includes special instructions for pediatric specimens. The final sectioncontains detailed summary charts for all disciplines of microbiology that can be used as a quick reference guide to answer most questions regarding the lab needs for a particular specimen.

This book provides complete, concise information on the unique needs of the microbiology laboratory regarding specimen management. This is the only single source for the specimen management policies required for laboratory results that are accurate, significant, and clinically relevant.

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Reviewer: Roberta B. Carey, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This short text provides instructions for the proper selection and collection of specimens sent for microbiologic examination and culture.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate those who collect specimens so that they may obtain the best material for culture and transport it to the laboratory in the most appropriate manner. The clinician can only obtain clinically relevant results from a quality specimen, which is a very important concept in this current climate of cost-effective health care.
Audience: The book addresses "every member of the health care team," the doctors, nurses, aides and laboratorians, who work in concert to provide quality patient care. Each section has guidelines stating for whom it is most pertinent. The author is a knowledgeable clinical microbiologist who works at the Centers for Disease Control as well as a hospital consultant.
Features: Most information is presented as step-by-step protocols with tables to summarize the procedures. Some techniques are illustrated by black-and-white photographs or drawings. Both the microorganisms being cultured and the specimen sites being sampled are listed in the index. The book is a small paperback that can be kept in the specimen processing area or on the patient floor for easy reference. Reasons for specimen rejection are well written and they include statements that may be attached to patient reports covering a wide range of problems.
Assessment: The book emphasizes the importance of communication between the clinician and the laboratory. The more specific the information the clinician can provide about the specimen site and the patient, the more appropriately the lab can culture and interpret the results. This practical text hopes to educate those procuring specimens, a topic that does not receive much time in the medical school curriculum, but one that is paramount when faced with real patients with infectious diseases.
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Reviewer: Roberta B. Carey, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This short text provides instructions for the proper selection and collection of specimens sent for microbiologic examination and culture.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate those who collect specimens so that they may obtain the best material for culture and transport it to the laboratory in the most appropriate manner. The clinician can only obtain clinically relevant results from a quality specimen, which is a very important concept in this current climate of cost-effective health care.
Audience: The book addresses "every member of the health care team," the doctors, nurses, aides and laboratorians, who work in concert to provide quality patient care. Each section has guidelines stating for whom it is most pertinent. The author is a knowledgeable clinical microbiologist who works at the Centers for Disease Control as well as a hospital consultant.
Features: Most information is presented as step-by-step protocols with tables to summarize the procedures. Some techniques are illustrated by black-and-white photographs or drawings. Both the microorganisms being cultured and the specimen sites being sampled are listed in the index. The book is a small paperback that can be kept in the specimen processing area or on the patient floor for easy reference. Reasons for specimen rejection are well written and they include statements that may be attached to patient reports covering a wide range of problems.
Assessment: The book emphasizes the importance of communication between the clinician and the laboratory. The more specific the information the clinician can provide about the specimen site and the patient, the more appropriately the lab can culture and interpret the results. This practical text hopes to educate those procuring specimens, a topic that does not receive much time in the medical school curriculum, but one that is paramount when faced with real patients with infectious diseases.
Roberta B. Carey
This short text provides instructions for the proper selection and collection of specimens sent for microbiologic examination and culture. The purpose is to educate those who collect specimens so that they may obtain the best material for culture and transport it to the laboratory in the most appropriate manner. The clinician can only obtain clinically relevant results from a quality specimen, which is a very important concept in this current climate of cost-effective health care. The book addresses every member of the health care team, the doctors, nurses, aides and laboratorians, who work in concert to provide quality patient care. Each section has guidelines stating for whom it is most pertinent. The author is a knowledgeable clinical microbiologist who works at the Centers for Disease Control as well as a hospital consultant. Most information is presented as step-by-step protocols with tables to summarize the procedures. Some techniques are illustrated by black-and-white photographs or drawings. Both the microorganisms being cultured and the specimen sites being sampled are listed in the index. The book is a small paperback that can be kept in the specimen processing area or on the patient floor for easy reference. Reasons for specimen rejection are well written and they include statements that may be attached to patient reports covering a wide range of problems. The book emphasizes the importance of communication between the clinician and the laboratory. The more specific the information the clinician can provide about the specimen site and the patient, the more appropriately the lab can culture and interpret the results. This practical text hopes to educate those procuringspecimens, a topic that does not receive much time in the medical school curriculum, but one that is paramount when faced with real patients with infectious diseases.
Booknews
The guide emphasizes communication between health care team members, introducing the concepts of specimen quality and its relationship to accurate, relevant laboratory practice. Written for nurses, physicians, and laboratory workers, the volume outlines criteria and rationale for specimen collection, storing, and transporting of gastrointestinal, urine, wound, genital, respiratory, and viral specimens. Quick reference summary tables are provided, detailing bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic management procedures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555811051
  • Publisher: ASM Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 153

Table of Contents

Preface
How To Use This Book
I Communicating Laboratory Needs 1
II Specimen Management Policies and Rationale 21
III Specimen Collection and Processing 35
Gastrointestinal Specimens 37
Urine Specimens 57
Wound Specimens 67
Genital Specimens 77
Body Fluid Specimens 85
Respiratory Specimens 95
Viruses, Chlamydiae, Rickettsiae, and Fungi 111
IV Specimen Management Summary Tables 117
Bibliography 149
Index 151
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