In diagnosing and management of patients with infections in lower respiratory tract, The clinical microbiology laboratory plays an essential role. By providing pathogen identification and susceptibility testing the laboratory provides the basis of optimum empirical antimicrobial therapy and separately tailored regimens. The microbiology laboratory also provides epidemiologic information that assist the hospital epidemiologist in the prevention, detection, investigation, and termination of nosocomial outbreaks. when properly and promptly used, the data provided by the clinical microbiology laboratory improves clinical outcomes, reduces unnecessary utilization of antibiotics, and prevents nosocomial transmissions. As assumed the clinical laboratories does not delve into technical or operational aspects of the clinical microbiology laboratory, but used in validated methods and reporting quality-assured results.
The clinician plays a significant role in notifying the microbiology laboratory, when virulent and transmissible agents are suspected as the explanation for illness. Alerting laboratory staff reduces the exposure risk of laboratory staff handling specimens and cultures harboring highly virulent pathogens. Though the technologists are expected to handle all specimens and microbiologic cultures mistreatment universal precautions, accidents might happen, particularly if the findings are unexpected. Thus laboratory notification serves to alert the staff to safeguard themselves from potential exposure to extremely transmissible agents.
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