- Understand the indications, techniques and equipment needed to perform a corneal scrape and know how the specimen(s) should be treated (plating-out, etc.), labelled and transported.
- See what your local laboratory needs to know and how this is best communicated.
- Contact your local microbiology department to find out what the plating procedures are in your hospital and what other specific requirements need to be addressed including for sample preparation, documentation and transportation (especially when non-NHS personnel, such as taxi drivers, are involved).
- Follow up your patient and ensure that you will receive the result promptly, or at least ensure that someone knows you have delegated this to them.
- Ensure you know the significance of the result, and discuss this with colleagues/trainers if necessary.