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Unformatted text preview: Blood Culture A Key Investigation for Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections bioMérieux S.A. 69280 Marcy l’Etoile France Tel. : 33 (0)4 78 87 20 00 Fax : 33 (0)4 78 87 20 90 www.biomerieux.com www.biomerieux-diagnostics.com 7- 8 / 1 G B 9 9 2 2 A / T h i s d o c u m e n t i s n o t l e g a l l y b i n d i n g . b i o M é r i e u x r e s e r v e s t h e r i g h t t o m o d i f y s p e c i f i c a t i o n s w i t h o u t n o t i c e / B I O M E R I E U X , t h e b l u e l o g o , B a c T / A L E R T , V I T E K , V I D A S , c h r o m I D , H e m o l i n e a r e u s e d , p e n d i n g a n d / o r r e g i s t e r e d t r a d e m a r k s b e l o n g i n g t o b i o M é r i e u x S . A . o r o n e o f i t s s u b s i d i a r i e s / B R A H M S P C T i s a r e g i s t e r e d t r a d e m a r k o f B R A H M S A k t i e n g e s e l l s c h a f t / S a m p L O K i s a r e g i s t e r e d t r a d e m a r k b e l o n g i n g t o N o b l e H o u s e G r o u p P t y L t d . / P r i n t e d i n F r a n c e / T H E R A C o n s e i l / R C S L y o n B 3 9 8 1 6 2 4 2 The information in this booklet is given as a guideline only and is not intended to be exhaustive. It in no way binds bioMérieux S.A. to the diagnosis established or the treatment prescribed by the physician. Your stamp Introduction Sepsis is a complex clinical syndrome that is defined as the systemic inflammatory response of the body to an infection. It is the most common underlying cause of death in non-coronary ICUs where the mortality rate can be as high as 32% or 54% in case of severe sepsis or septic shock, respectively. 1 Blood cultures and early appropriate antimicrobial therapy count among the priority measures to be taken during the 6-hour resuscitation period of initial sepsis management. 2 Rapid, accurate identification of the bacteria or fungi causing bloodstream infections may provide vital clinical information required to diagnose and treat sepsis. Blood cultures- the laboratory detection of bacteremia and fungemia - are one of the most simple and commonly used investigations to establish the etiology of systemic bloodstream infections. This booklet aims to: answer key questions commonly asked in relation to blood culture provide practical recommendations for routine blood culture procedures offer an illustrated step-by-step guide to best blood collection practices. It is intended to be a useful reference tool for physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, laboratory personnel and all other healthcare professionals involved in the blood culture process. Our special thanks go to Professor Brian DUERDEN, Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control, Department of Health, U.K. for his helpful advice and comprehensive review of this booklet. > What is a blood culture? 2 > Why are blood cultures important? 2 > When to take blood cultures? 3 > How to take blood cultures? 5 > Which media to use? 6 > What volume of blood? 8 > How many blood culture sets? 10 > How many days incubation? 12 > Contaminant or true pathogen?> Contaminant or true pathogen?...
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