South West London Pathology (SWLP) has been working with bioMerieux to set up and interface Virtuo incubators at Croydon University Hospital (CUH) so that blood culture samples for sepsis can be incubated on site within the national target time of four hours.
Pericardial Fluid in Blood Culture bottles
|Category||Bacteriology Medical Microbiology|
|Reporting frequency||TAT - 5 days for negatives and up to 21 days for extended culture|
Aerobic blood culture - prior to innoculation, disinfect the culture botle top, label the bottle with patient's details without covering the barcodes. inoculate the bottle with between 1-5ml of the fluid. After inoculation, disinfect the bottle top.
Negative bottles are kept for 48 hours, positive bottles for 3 months
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