Omega Medical Hospital is the soul service provider of ‘Blood Culture’ which is a test that checks for foreign invaders like bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms in your blood. Having these pathogens in your bloodstream can be a sign of a blood infection, a condition known as bacteraemia. A positive blood culture means that you have bacteria in your blood.
This type of infection involves the blood that circulates within your entire body. Bacteria that starts on your skin or in your lungs, urine, or gastrointestinal tract are common sources of blood infections.
The test for a blood culture involves a simple blood draw. A laboratory tests the blood sample and forwards the results to your doctor, who will use the findings to help determine what’s needed to treat any infection.
Our knowledgeable physicians will provide aid and assistance where needed, to provide the best health and recovery time to all our patients
Blood cultures are done more frequently for those who are at a higher risk of developing a blood infection. You’re at a higher risk if you’ve been diagnosed with:
- HIV or AIDS
- An Autoimmune Disease
The following situations also put you at risk for blood infection:
- You’ve recently had an infection.
- You’ve recently had a surgical procedure.
- You’ve had a prosthetic heart valve replacement.
- You’re undergoing immunosuppressive therapy.
How To Prepare For A Blood Culture
Tell your doctor what kinds of medication you’re taking, including prescriptions and nutritional supplements. They may ask you to stop taking certain medications that may affect the blood culture results.
If you’re wary of needles, talk to your doctor or your nurse to discuss ways to ease your anxiety.