The purpose of clinical laboratory procedures is to
provide the clinician doing diagnostic work with
specific information needed to round out his picture of
the disorders he has observed in the patient. Clinical
bacteriology can contribute its part by supplying data
about the microscopic life involved and the
susceptibility of such life to particular drugs. To
identify bacterial growth, you must take certain steps
that will enable you, through a process of elimination,
to choose the microscopic form that fits the findings
you have obtained. Steps that are often essential
- Observing the type of growth when first isolated
on culture media.
- Making a microscopic examination on stained
material from an isolated culture of that colony.
- Performing various tests to obtain a list of the
characteristics of the organism.
- Making a complete identification of the
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answered an exercise incorrectly, check the
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