Comparative evaluation of radiometric tryptic soy broth versus radiometric tryptic soy broth with 10% sucrose for detection of bacteremia and fungemia in pediatric patients.
We compared BACTEC radiometric blood culture media with (8B) and without (6B) 10% sucrose for the detection of bacteremia and fungemia in pediatric patients at four university teaching hospitals that used identical methods for obtaining and processing specimens. Overall, the yields of microorganisms from 5,714 blood culture sets were no different in the two media, although a trend was noted favoring 6B for the detection of pneumococci. Speed of detection of positive results was faster in the 6B than in the 8B medium (P less than 0.05), largely due to the faster detection of Staphylococcus aureus in the 6B medium. We conclude that, overall, with pediatric patients the hypertonic 8B radiometric medium has no advantage and that it possibly has a modest disadvantage, compared with isotonic 6B radiometric medium.
Weinstein, MP; Reller, LB; Mirrett, S; Stratton, CW; Paisley, JW; Lauer, BA
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