Key considerations:

  • A key issue is the small volume of sample that is available.  It is not feasible to perform all tests on all samples whilst maintaining optimum sensitivity.
  • Therefore, it is the clinician’s responsibility to prioritise testing for each individual patient.  if in any doubt, it is best to speak to a microbiologist at the outset , otherwise there may not be sufficient sample for the last tests on the list, and ‘after requesting’ of additional tests may not be possible

Update on laboratory testing of ophthalmology samples

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