BacT/Alert: an automated colorimetric microbial detection system.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BacT/Alert (Organon Teknika Corp., Durham, N.C.) is an automated microbial detection system based on the colorimetric detection of CO2 produced by growing microorganisms. Results of an evaluation of the media, sensor, detection system, and detection algorithm indicate that the system reliably grows and detects a wide variety of bacteria and fungi. Results of a limited pilot clinical trial with a prototype research instrument indicate that the system is comparable to the radiometric BACTEC 460 system in its ability to grow and detect microorganisms in blood. On the basis of these initial findings, large-scale clinical trials comparing BacT/Alert with other commercial microbial detection systems appear warranted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thorpe, TC; Wilson, ML; Turner, JE; DiGuiseppi, JL; Willert, M; Mirrett, S; Reller, LB

Published Date

  • July 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1608 - 1612

PubMed ID

  • 2116451

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC267997

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0095-1137

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/jcm.28.7.1608-1612.1990


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States