Last updated: Saturday, 14, August, 2010
|Frequent Pathogens||Appropriate Tests|
Minor wound infections may just require local drainage (eg, removal of surgical suture) and do not require microbiological testing.
Wound swab or pus - microscopy and culture for moderate or severe infection, especially when there is spreading cellulitis or symptoms and signs of systemic infection.
Aspiration of pus is preferable to a swab of pus or wound.
If aspiration or swab of pus, or wound swab, is not possible, injection of 0.5-1.0 mL of saline followed by aspiration may provide a suitable specimen (eg, from areas of cellulitis).
|Trauma, including surgery|
With soil, faecal contamination
With water contamination
With dog or cat bite
With human bite