Laboratory Diagnosis Of Urinary Tract Infections

As previously mentioned, because noninvasive methods for collecting urine must rely on a specimen that has passed through a contaminated milieu, quantitative cultures for the diagnosis of UTI are used to discriminate between contamination, colonization, and infection. Refer to Table 5-1 for a quick reference for collecting, transporting, and processing urinary tract specimens.

Figure 57-2 Collection device to obtain a urine by "in and out" or "straight," catheterization. (Courtesy Tristaie Hospital Supply Corp., Howell, Mich.)

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Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina.

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