Culture, Fungal



To identify the pathogenic fungal organisms causing infection.

Patient Preparation
There are no food, fluid, or activity restrictions unless by medical direction.

Normal Findings
(Method: Culture on selective media; macroscopic and microscopic examination) No presence of fungi.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions

  • Positive findings in any sterile body fluid such as blood or cerebrospinal fluid.

Timely notification to the requesting health-care provider (HCP) of any critical findings and related symptoms is a role expectation of the professional nurse.

Specific infectious organisms are required to be reported to local, state, and national departments of health. Lists of specific organisms may vary among facilities. State health departments provide information regarding reportable diseases, which can be accessed at each state health department Web site. The CDC provides information regarding national notifiable diseases at

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