Specimen collection in Infectious diseases

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Why specimen collection is Important in Microbiology

Specimen collection in Microbiology to isolate and identify the causative agents forms back bone of the investigative procedures.
In developing world, lack of awareness and casual attitude among junior staff hampers the definitive diagnosis.
Specific procedures in collecting specimens will certainly improve the quality of services of Microbiology Departments

Important questions before collecting a specimen

=Are you suspecting an Infection ?
    If so what is the Nature of infection, eg Bacterial,Viral, Mycological or
=Which tests are your priority ?
=When to collect the specimen ?
=How to collect the specimen ?
=Am I choosing the correct container ?
=Why to send the specimens promptly
    if not what I should do ?