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R C She, M G Romney, W Jang, T Walker, J K Karichu, S S Richter
OBJECTIVES: Continuous monitoring blood culture systems are commonly used for sterile body fluid cultures. In this multicentre study, we evaluated the performance of the new-generation BacT/Alert Virtuo system compared to the BacT/Alert 3D and conventional culture for the recovery of microorganisms from sterile body fluids. METHODS: Peritoneal, cerebrospinal, pericardial, pleural and synovial fluids from adult patients submitted for culture were collected from three different centres...
December 20, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Nathalie Miller, Laetitia Brassinne, Daniel Allemeersch
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performances of the newly approved BacT/ALERT VIRTUO blood culture system for the recovery of bloodstream pathogens and compare it to the BacT/ALERT 3D system. METHODS: Simulated blood cultures of eight clinically relevant microorganisms were used: Bacteroides fragilis (ATCC 25285), Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922), Haemophilus influenzae (ATCC 49247), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27853), Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC 29212), Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 29213), Streptococcus pneumoniae (ATCC 49619) and Candida krusei (ATCC 6258)...
February 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
Michael R Jacobs, Tony Mazzulli, Kevin C Hazen, Caryn E Good, Ayman M Abdelhamed, Pauline Lo, Bianche Shum, Katharine P Roman, Danielle C Robinson
BacT/Alert Virtuo is an advanced, automated blood culture system incorporating improved automation and an enhanced detection algorithm to shorten time to detection. A multicenter study of the investigational Virtuo system (bioMérieux, Inc., Durham, NC) compared to BacT/Alert 3D (BTA3D) for detection of bacteremia/fungemia in four bottle types, SA and FA Plus (aerobic) and SN and FN Plus (anaerobic), was performed in a clinical setting with patient samples in a matched system design clinical trial. Blood was added to paired aerobic or anaerobic bottles, with the volume in each bottle in each pair required to be ≤10 ml and with the volumes required to be within 30% of each other...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
H Totty, M Ullery, J Spontak, J Viray, M Adamik, B Katzin, W M Dunne, P Deol
The performance of the next-generation BacT/ALERT® VIRTUO™ Microbial Detection System (VIRTUO™, bioMérieux Inc., Hazelwood, MO) was compared to the BacT/ALERT® 3D Microbial Detection System (3D, bioMérieux Inc., Durham, NC) using BacT/ALERT® FA Plus (FA Plus), BacT/ALERT® PF Plus (PF Plus), BacT/ALERT® FN Plus (FN Plus), BacT/ALERT® Standard Aerobic (SA), and BacT/ALERT® Standard Anaerobic (SN) blood culture bottles (bioMérieux Inc., Durham, NC). A seeded limit of detection (LoD) study was performed for each bottle type in both systems...
October 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Manica Mueller-Premru, Samo Jeverica, Lea Papst, Elisabeth Nagy
We studied the performance characteristics of two blood culture (BC) bottles/systems, (i) BacT/ALERT-FN Plus/3D (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Étoile, France) and (ii) BACTEC-Lytic/9000 (Becton Dickinson, Sparks, USA) for detection of growth and time-to-positivity (TTP) against a balanced and diverse collection of anaerobic bacterial strains (n = 48) that included reference strains (n = 19) and clinical isolates (n = 29) of 32 species (15 Gram-negative and 17 Gram-positive). Standard suspension of bacteria was inoculated to each bottle in duplicates and incubated in the corresponding system...
June 2017: Anaerobe
Mohammed Almuhayawi, Osman Altun, Adam Dilshad Abdulmajeed, Måns Ullberg, Volkan Özenci
Detection and identification of anaerobic bacteria in blood cultures (BC) is a well-recognized challenge in clinical microbiology. We studied 100 clinical anaerobic BC isolates to evaluate the performance of BacT/ALERT-FN, -FN Plus (BioMérieux), BACTEC-Plus and -Lytic (Becton Dickinson BioSciences) BC bottles in detection and time to detection (TTD) of anaerobic bacteria. BACTEC Lytic had higher detection rate (94/100, 94%) than BacT/ALERT FN Plus (80/100, 80%) (p<0.01) in the studied material. There was no significant difference in detection of anaerobic bacteria among the remaining bottle types...
2015: PloS One
Steven De Keukeleire, Ingrid Wybo, Kristof Emmerechts, Denis Piérard
Recently new resin-based BacT/Alert FAN Plus bottles containing antibiotic-binding polymeric beads, were introduced as an improvement of the charcoal-based FAN bottles for the recovery of bacteria and fungi. To assess the performance of the novel anaerobic FN plus bottles in the detection of anaerobic organisms, we compared the detection rate and the time to detection (TTD) in spiked resin-based FN Plus bottles and charcoal-based FN bottles. The bottles were experimentally seeded with reference strains or clinical strains collected from positive blood cultures...
October 2015: Anaerobe
A Egli, M Osthoff, D Goldenberger, J Halter, S Schaub, J Steiger, M Weisser, R Frei
INTRODUCTION: In immunosuppressed hosts, rapid identification of microorganisms of bloodstream infections is crucial to ensuring effective antimicrobial therapy. Conventional culture requires up to 72 h from sample collection to pathogen identification. METHODS: We used the SepsiTyper Kit and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF; Microflex, Bruker) directly from positive blood culture (BacT/ALERT 3D, FN/FA vials; bioMérieux) in comparison to standard culture methodology (VITEK 2; bioMérieux) for species identification...
June 2015: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
H Thomasen, F Mosel, K-P Steuhl, D Meller
Careful testing for microbial contamination is essential for corneal transplants. Sterility tests are performed on the antibiotics containing culture medium leaving the problem that antibiotics might compromise the test results. In this study a protocol for the application of the automated BacT/Alert system for sterility testing of corneal cell culture medium was examined. Corneal culture medium in combination with an antibiotics degrading enzyme were injected in resin containing test bottles of the BacT/Alert system named FA plus (intended for aerobic microorganisms) or FN plus (intended for anaerobic microorganisms) depending on their aerobic or anaerobic nature...
September 2015: Cell and Tissue Banking
Mina Takano, Shuichiro Hoshi, Kumiko Nagai, Haruka Ishidaira, Masanobu Onozaki, Kazuo Satoh, Koichi Makimura
This report describes a fatal case Prototheca zopfii genotype 2 infection in an immunosuppressed patient. The patient was a 62-year-old housewife who presented general malaise in April 2011. Hairy cell leukemia was highly suspected. Chemotherapy was started because the patient developed severe pancytopenia in October 2011. Itraconazole capsules (100 mg/day) and trimethoprim (320 mg/day) plus sulfamethoxazole (1600 mg/day) combinations were orally administered for prophylaxis of fungal infections. Of BacT/ALERT 3D FA aerobic culture bottles and FN anaerobic culture bottles, only FA aerobic blood culture bottles produced positive reactions when the patient developed fever in January 2012...
October 2014: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
T J Kirn, S Mirrett, L B Reller, M P Weinstein
New blood culture media containing antibiotic-binding polymeric beads have been developed for the BacT/Alert (bioMérieux, Inc., Durham, NC) blood culture system. To assess the performance of these new media, we compared the new BacT/Alert aerobic medium (FA Plus) with resins to BacT/Alert FA medium with activated charcoal and the new BacT/Alert anaerobic medium (FN Plus) to BacT/Alert FN medium at 3 tertiary care medical centers. Study bottle pairs were inoculated with a target volume of 6 to 10 ml of blood from adults and incubated in the BacT/Alert 3D blood culture instrument...
March 2014: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Dong-Hyun Lee, Seong Chun Kim, In-Gyu Bae, Eun-Ha Koh, Sunjoo Kim
The performance of the BacT/Alert FA Plus and FN Plus resin bottles was evaluated in comparison with that of standard aerobic (SA) and standard anaerobic (SN) bottles. Twenty milliliters of blood from adult patients was equally distributed into four types of bottles: FA Plus, FN Plus, SA, and SN. The detection of clinically significant organisms and the time to detection (TTD) were monitored for each bottle. Among the 3,103 blood culture sets that were requested, the blood volume of each bottle was over 4 ml in 1,481 sets (47...
December 2013: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Dieter Mitteregger, Wolfgang Barousch, Marion Nehr, Michael Kundi, Markus Zeitlinger, Athanasios Makristathis, Alexander M Hirschl
Time to detection (TTD) in automated blood culture systems is delayed for sensitive microorganisms in the presence of antimicrobial substances and has been associated with worse outcomes for sepsis patients on inadequate empirical therapy. While resin addition removes antimicrobial substances to various degrees from blood culture media, media formulations and the blend of resins may influence performance. The BacT/Alert 3D system (bioMérieux) was investigated using the new resin-containing medium types FA Plus (aerobic) and FN Plus (anaerobic)...
May 2013: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
L Klingspor, S A Muhammed, V Ozenci
The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the performance of the Bactec 9240 and BacT/Alert 3D blood culture systems in the detection of Candida spp. and bacteria in simulated polymicrobial sepsis models. A total of 28 clinical isolates of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, and Candida glabrata were studied. Five polymicrobial models of C. albicans + S. aureus, C. albicans + E. coli, C. glabrata + S. aureus, C. glabrata + E. coli, and C. albicans + C. glabrata were prepared. Each combination was inoculated in five different blood culture vials...
November 2012: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Kyoung Ho Roh, Ju Yeon Kim, Ha Nui Kim, Hye Jin Lee, Jang Wook Sohn, Min Ja Kim, Yunjung Cho, Young Kee Kim, Chang Kyu Lee
Blood culture is the most valuable laboratory test for the diagnosis of bacteremia and sepsis. The BACTEC FX and BacT/Alert 3D automated blood culture systems are commonly used in Korean health care facilities. A controlled clinical evaluation of the resin-containing BACTEC Plus aerobic (BA) and anaerobic (BN), and the charcoal-containing FAN aerobic (FA) and anaerobic (FN) bottles using blood from intensive care unit (ICU) patients was designed. The performances of these 2 systems with media containing particle absorbing antimicrobial agents were evaluated using the culture positivity rate and time to detection (TTD)...
July 2012: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Eva-Lena Ericson, Lena Klingspor, Måns Ullberg, Volkan Ozenci
The present study analyzed the performance of Bactec Mycosis IC/F, BacT/Alert FA, and BacT/Alert FN vials in detection and time to detection (TTD) of Candida spp. in 179 simultaneous blood cultures. The Mycosis IC/F, BacT/Alert FA, and BacT/Alert FN vials could detect Candida spp. in 144 (80.45%) of 179, 149 (83.24%) of 179, and 8 (4.47%) of 179 samples, respectively. With the presence of antifungal therapy, the numbers of positive vials were higher in BacT/Alert FA compared to Mycosis IC/F, 87/99 versus 73/99, respectively (P < 0...
June 2012: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
M D Quesada, M Giménez, S Molinos, G Fernández, M D Sánchez, R Rivelo, A Ramírez, G Banqué, V Ausina
We describe the reliability of the VITEK-2 Compact and overnight MicroScan panels for direct identification and susceptibility testing from the BacT/ALERT blood culture system when using FAN (FA and FN) bottles. A simple procedure, in two centrifugation steps, was designed to remove the charcoal particles present in FA and FN bottles. A total of 113 positive blood cultures showing Gram-negative rods were investigated. Enterobacteriaceae were isolated in 104 cases, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in nine. The MicroScan system correctly identified 106 (93...
February 2010: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
R L Sautter, A R Bills, D L Lang, G Ruschell, B J Heiter, P P Bourbeau
Manufacturers generally recommend that blood culture bottles be loaded into instruments within a short time of collection. However, in our experience, delays often occur prior to loading the bottles. We examined the effect of holding bottles under various temperatures (T)-room temperature (RT), 4 degrees C, 37 degrees C, and RT for 2 h following incubation at 37 degrees C (to simulate transit [TR])-and for various holding times of 4, 12, and 24 h. We utilized the BacT/ALERT system with FA and FN bottles and the BACTEC system with Plus (PL) and Lytic 10 (LY) bottles...
April 2006: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
G Kielpinski, S Prinzi, J Duguid, G du Moulin
BACKGROUND: In February 2004, FDA approved a supplement to our biologics license for Carticel, autologous cultured chondrocytes, to use the BacT/ALERT microbial detection system as an alternative to the compendial sterility test for lot release. This article provides a roadmap to our approval process. The approval represents more than 4 years of development and validation studies comparing the Steritest compact system to the BacT/ALERT microbial detection system. METHODS: For this study, freshly cultured chondrocytes were prepared from a characterized cell bank...
2005: Cytotherapy
Pavel Cermák, Miroslav Förstl
The purpose of this study is to deal with the problem of anaerobic cultivation of clinical specimens and consider the possibility of using semi-automated blood culture instruments. The Bactec Lytic, BacT/Alert FAN Anaerobic and BacT/Alert FN Anaerobic bottles were inoculated with Bacteriodes fragilis, Clostridium perfringens, Peptostreptococcus anaerobius and Feingoldia magna strains. The times to detection (TTD) for positive bottles were evaluated with reference to the number of inoculated bacteria. Inoculation with the same suspension of equal bacterial strain resulted in shorter TTD values for all the Bactec Lytic bottles as compared with the BacT/Alert FAN Anaerobic or BacT/Alert FN Anaerobic bottles, respectively...
June 2005: Klinická Mikrobiologie a Infekc̆ní Lékar̆ství
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