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A patient walked into a 24 - hour emergency facility complaining of gastro-intestinal distress, vomiting and was hyperventilating.

A patient walked into a 24 - hour emergency

facility complaining of gastro-intestinal

distress, 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

analysis.

Given this limited information and history, what

assumptions does the laboratory personnel make

about this patient given her symptoms and

history?

What laboratory tests can be done to find out what

bacterial organisms might be involved in her

illness?

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