Below is a summary of Stewart’s electronic health record (EHR) activity during his 10-day stay in the hospital. As a laboratory or radiology technologist, you are responsible for obtaining and providing test results to assist the physician in diagnosing Stewart’s condition. Using his EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Stewart’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: Stewart’s hospital physician believes that the ulcer on Stewart’s leg is gangrenous. As a lab technologist, you will run a culture on the ulcers to confirm the physician’s suspicions. Why is a deep infection with gangrene dangerous for a diabetic?
Internet Research: The physician orders a CT scan, an arteriogram and a Doppler ultrasound for Stewart’s leg. Explain what information the three procedures will provide.
Review Stewart’s Inpatient EHR: Stewart has several blood tests that provide important information. What are Stewart’s results for each of the tests listed below?
Culture: A laboratory procedure in which a sample from a wound, the blood or other body fluid is taken from an infected person. The sample is placed in conditions under which bacteria can grow. If bacteria grow, identification tests are done to determine the bacteria species causing the infection.