Last updated: Monday, 26, July, 2010
For major burn injury, where admission to hospital is necessary: wound (burns) swab; electrolytes, creatinine, urea, glucose; FBC, blood group and blood group antibody screen.
If skin grafting will be necessary: hepatitis B virus testing, hepatitis C virus testing, HIV antibodies (with consent and counselling).
|Blood culture; intravenous catheter tip culture; wound swab of intravenous catheter site.|
Wound swab (burns).
Organisms of particular pathogenicity include Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
|Wound swab (burns), especially for Candida albicans.|
|Virus detection, culture if eg, Herpes simplex infection is suspected.|