Paired Blood Culture
- 2.5 times yield over single blood culture
- Fully automated blood culture system BacT/ALERT for detecting bacteria & fungus
- Bottle contains Polymeric Beads which can allow growth even when the patients are already on antibiotics
- Performed on blood & sterile body fluids
- Helps differentiate contaminants from true pathogens
– Contaminants will grow in 1 of the 2 blood culture bottles.
– True pathogens will grow in both blood culture bottles.
- Identification based on 64 biochemical values and hence gives better precision & accuracy
- MIC values are useful:
– Most accurate method for prediction of clinical outcome of Antibiotic therapy
– Better management of critically ill patients
- Antibiotics reported according to the class of drugs