Drone transport of microbes in blood and sputum laboratory specimens

Timothy K. Amukele, Jeff Street, Karen Carroll, Heather Miller, Sean X. Zhang

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Abstract

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could potentially be used to transport microbiological specimens. To examine the impact of UAVs on microbiological specimens, blood and sputum culture specimens were seeded with usual pathogens and flown in a UAV for 30 ± 2 min. Times to recovery, colony counts, morphologies, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)-based identifications of the flown and stationary specimens were similar for all microbes studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2622-2625
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume54
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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