Saunders, Geoffrey; Nicholson, Alison M.; Roye-Green, Karen J.; Akpaka, P. E.; Bodonaik, Nabin C.; Jackson-Betty, Sandra; Smikle, Monica
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Microbiology
Yields from Paired Blood Culture Bottles [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 6
Objective: Yields from blood cultures are thougth to be highly dependent on the volume of blood sampled. routinely, a pair of aerobic bottles is submitted from adult patients. A comparison of yields from paired bottles was made. Methods: Bactec (becton Dickinson) software was used to extract lists of patients, the type of bottle and the culture result (positive or negative), for two months in 2003. The identity of isolates was recorded in a laboratory logbook. Clinical data supplied and records of ward consultations were used to assess the likelihood of contamination. Suspected contaminants were excluded from the assessment of yields from pairs.....