Blood Culture TestingBloodstream infections are one of the most significant challenges in critical care, a leading cause of illness and death in the United States. Even though testing methods have improved, diagnosing bloodstream infections remains challenging. Blood culture (BC) forms an important method for detecting microorganisms producing bloodstream infections. Rapid detection/ID/AST and reporting of positives is of vital importance.

Blood culture testing is crucial to confirm the presence of a clinically-relevant bacterial or fungal species in blood, and to determine your best course of treatment. A bacterial blood infection sometimes comes and goes, so it may be necessary to conduct a series of blood cultures to confirm results.

A healthcare professional may recommend this test whenever a person’s signs and symptoms indicate sepsis, signifying that bacteria, fungi, or their toxic by-products are causing harm in the body.

Results must be carefully considered, along with signs and symptoms as well as medical history. Patients suspected of having sepsis should be treated immediately. Sepsis can be life threatening for people with weakened immune systems. Early diagnosis of sepsis can provide opportunities for improved patient care. To improve efficiency and to provide accurate results, laboratories need to equip themselves with the right kind of blood culture systems.

It is important to choose a versatile blood culture system to meet specific requirements. Major blood culture solutions provider Becton, Dickinson and Company offers a range of systems to find microbial growth in blood samples. BACTEC™ 9000 Fluorescent Series are designed for the rapid detection of microorganisms in clinical specimens. The fluorescent sensor technology of this device allows for fully-automated, walk-away testing using a continuous-monitoring instrument that agitates and incubates BACTEC/F blood culture bottles, resulting in earlier detection of positives.