Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Blood: microbiology

Contributor(s): Annalisa Barrelet, Richard Walker

Introduction

  • Blood culture is easy to perform and, provided that careful technique is employed, useful information can be obtained in the diagnosis of blood infections.
  • Definitive diagnosis of septicemia and bacteremia.
  • Characterization of the organism enables sensitivity profiling and selection of an antimicrobial with high specificity and efficacy against it.

Uses

Disadvantages

  • Up to 24 h before results known   →   delay in choice of sensitive antibiotic.
  • False or misleading results if sample collected after administration of antibiotics, or if poor collection technique is used.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers


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