J. Clinical Pathology

Rapid identification of bacteria in blood cultures by mass-spectrometric analysis of volatiles

Rapid identification of bacteria in blood cultures by mass-spectrometric analysis of volatiles

C. Ballabio, S. Cristoni, G. Puccio, M. Kohler, M. R. Sala, P. Brambilla, P. M-L Sinues

Blood cultures are routine tests to determine whether micro-organisms have entered the patient’s bloodstream. Automated systems, based on the detection of CO2 increase in the culture media, have considerably improved the screening efficiency for the detection of bacteria. However, further identification of bacteria still requires time consuming culturing procedures.