Diagnosis of staph

Tim Chance tim.chance at tesco.net
Wed May 9 14:58:56 EST 2001

lamb <L.A.M.Buisman at chello.nl> wrote in article 
> I believe you. I want them too. The Vital is a terrible machine, the
medium is bad,
> 5 days for routine is not long enough, and it is expensive to run.
> We chose it at the time because the bottles have screw-tops. We do not
want to use
> syringes and needles in the lab, and definitely not with blood.
> All I need now is a safe device to draw samples from positive bottles and
then my
> boss will agree to the Bactec.
> As for "slow" staphylococci in bloodcultures, they are rare, but in
> anything is possible.
> Loes
We run a Vital and have had no problems. Nothing is kept up for more than 5
days and to be honest days 4 and 5 rarely yield anything significant.
Personally I'm very happy with it and our isolation rate, for pneumococi
and yeasts is considerably better than the bactec it replaced.

Just my three-penny worth!


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