The detection of positive blood cultures by the AccuMed ESP-384 system: the clinical significance of three-day testing.


A total of 805 positive blood cultures obtained over a 4-month period during 1997 by the AccuMed ESP-384 system were evaluated and compared with 471 positive blood cultures obtained during 1989. Of the 805 microorganisms isolated in 5-day culture and testing by the ESP-384, 671 (83.4%) were detected within the first 2 days and 758 (94.2%) within 3 days… (More)


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