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

Octavio V. Martinez, Theodore Malinin, C. G. Ward

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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
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Pathology
Volume74
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1980

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The use of a radiometric technic for the rapid detection of contaminated tissue specimens from burned patients. / Martinez, Octavio V.; Malinin, Theodore; Ward, C. G.

In: American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Vol. 74, No. 3, 01.12.1980, p. 319-323.

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