A total of 3,335 blood samples from 1,180 patients suspected of having bacteremia were analyzed concurrently by two methods: (i) supplemented peptone broth with sodium polyanethanol sulfonate and a CO 2 atmosphere; and (ii) lysis centrifugation at 3,000xg for 30 min onto a high-density, hydrophobic cushion. The centrifugation technique recovered 80% of the positive cultures as compared with 67% for the broth method. The centrifugation technique showed an apparent increase in the isolation of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas, and yeasts. In almost every instance, the time required for detection of a positive culture was shortest for the centrifugation method. Contamination rates for both systems were comparable (1.4%). Qunatitation, offered by the centrifugation method, proved useful on several occasions in discriminating between an opportunistic infection versus a skin contaminant and in judging efficacy of antimicrobial therapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Microbiology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)