A patient walked into a 24 – hour emergencyfacility complaining of gastro-intestinaldistress,

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


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