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Factors Contributing to a Delay in Diagnosis of Bacteremia Due to Nonfermenting Bacteria by an Automated Blood Culture System

Specialty:

Clinical Laboratory
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Description:

An automated blood culture analyzer detects bacterial growth in a number of ways, primarily related to the fermentation of sugars with release of carbon dioxide. Nonfermenting Gram-negative bacteria may not be detected in such a system, or detection may be delayed for several days. A patient with bacteremia caused by a nonfermenting organism often has impaired host defenses and a delay in appropriate therapy can be fatal.

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