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Ear, Eye, Nose and Mouth (Microscopy Culture & Sensitivity)

Alias: Ear, Eye, Nose and Mouth

Discipline: Clinical Microbiology

Test information: To identify the causative pathogen in ears, eyes, nose and mouth specimens. Where applicable to determine antimicrobial susceptibility results.

NICE Guidelines Otitis externa

Availability:Available locally Monday - Sunday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 48 hours

Related Tests:

Specimen Type(s)
  • Amniotic Fluid;
  • Contact lens fluid;
  • Eye swab;
  • Mouth Swab;
  • Nasal Swab;
  • Skin Scrapings;
  • Vitreous Fluid;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • DermaPak;
  • Sterile CE-marked Charcoal swab in Transport medium;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • Microscopy Culture & Sensitivity;
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Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Sample before antimicrobial therapy where possible.
  • If possible mouth swabs should be taken in the morning under fasting conditions.
  • Prior to mouth swab sampling it is advised that patients should not eat or drink, brush their teeth or use any mouth rinse of disinfectant within 2 hours.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory without delay during normal working hours.
  • If transport is delayed store at 2-8 °C.
  • The swab must arrive in the laboratory within 48 hours of being taken.
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Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Susceptibility Testing: Each susceptibility category is defined by breakpoints specific for each species and agent. The breakpoints are minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and describe the amount of agent required to inhibit the growth of the organism.

The definitions of (S),(I), and (R) emphasize the close relationship between the susceptibility of the organism and the exposure of the organism at the site of infection.

Susceptible (S): High likelihood of therapeutic success with standard dosing.
Susceptible Increased Exposure (I): High likelihood of therapeutic success with increased dosing.
Resistant (R): High likelihood of therapeutic failure.

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Last updated: 22-11-2023