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Time to Positivity of Blood Cultures in Neonates

Vamsi, Sivarama Raju MD*; Bhat, Ramesh Y. MD*; Lewis, Leslie E. DCH, DNB*; Vandana, Kalwaje E. MD

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: February 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 212–214
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000018
Brief Reports

Blood culture reports in neonatal sepsis aid physician in either optimizing therapy or discontinuing antibiotics. We determined the time taken for neonatal blood cultures to become positive using the aerobic BacT/Alert system. Of 944 blood cultures from 816 neonates, 139 (14.7%) were positive. Growth of all definitive bacteria, 95% of possible bacteria and 84% of fungi were detected within 48 hours of incubation.

From the *Department of Paediatrics and Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India.

Accepted for publication August 21, 2013.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Ramesh Y. Bhat, Department of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal 576104, Udupi District, Karnataka, India. E-mail:

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