A patient walked into a 24 – hour emergency
facility complaining of gastro-intestinal
vomiting and was hyperventilating.
The patient further revealed that she was a
foodie and had just returned from a food
festival in San Antonio. The PA obtained a stool
specimen and a vial of blood from the patient.
These patient specimens were immediately
taken to an on-site medical laboratory for
Given this limited information and history, what
assumptions does the laboratory personnel make
about this patient given her symptoms and
What laboratory tests can be done to find out what
bacterial organisms might be involved in her