The BACTEC 9240 blood culture system with a standard aerobic medium, Plus Aerobic/F, was compared to the BacT/Alert system with a platelet-specific medium, BPA, as a means for detecting bacterial contamination of platelet preparations. One hundred thirteen platelet units seeded with low levels of different bacteria were examined with both systems. In 93 instances, growth was detected first in the BACTEC system; in 12 cases, growth registered first in the BacT/Alert system. Among all comparisons, growth was detected, on average, 1.7 h sooner with the BACTEC system. The differences in length of time to detection were statistically significant.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)