The diagnosis of wound infection is made clinically, based on signs and symptoms that a patient has, or non-healing despite the best care. Although empiric antibiotics are started on a patient with a wound infection, cultures are also obtained to guide antibiotic therapy moving forward. How should a culture be taken to optimally identify infecting bacteria? Experts will debate the best way to obtain a culture and how these cultures are done and interpreted – quantitative biopsy vs. optimal swab culture. Data will be reviewed to justify each method. Then you decide which method is best for your patients!
Discuss when and why wound cultures are obtained.
Discuss the pros and cons of quantitative tissue biopsy vs. wound swab for identifying infecting bacteria.
Review how to interpret the results of quantitative tissue biopsies and swab cultures.