The use of a radiometric technic for the rapid detection of contaminated tissue specimens from burned patients

O. V. Martinez, T. I. Malinin, C. G. Ward

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Abstract

The 14CO2-dependent BACTEC® system for the detection of bacteria in fluid specimens was adapted for the semiquantitative bacteriologic screening of solid tissue samples from 33 burned patients. The radiometric system detected 87% of all specimens harboring >105 organisms per gram of tissue and 100% of all heavily contaminated specimens (>108 organisms per gram) within eight hours of incubation. The BACTEC radiometric system correlated well (98.1%) with conventional culture methods in the detection of all contamined samples. No false-positive result was obtained from sterile tissue specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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