This week, it was announced that work to improve HIV outcomes at Croydon Hospital was awarded ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS 2021 awards. The work focused on the introduction of ‘opt-out’ HIV testing in the Emergency Department at Croydon Hospital, with a sustained rate of 97% over 18 months, setting an international gold standard. […]
|Category||Bacteriology Medical Microbiology|
|Reporting frequency||TAT - Microscopy results available same day as receipt, culture 2 – 3 days, (Up to 10 days for prolonged incubation)|
2 - 3ml CSF taken into at least two sterile universal containers. Mark the containers with the order they were taken.
CSF microscopy is performed on all specimens and a white cell differential is additionally done on specimens with a WBC count > 10/ml. ALL CSF specimens with a WBC count up to 5/ml would be considered to be within normal limits. Higher counts are seen in bacterial or viral meningitis and also in patients with extra-ventricular drains or V-P shunts in situ. All microscopy results from non-AMH patients are telephoned. All positive microscopy and culture results are routinely telephoned. Sample stability – 4 weeks.
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