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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Express Blood Culture

Microbiology, Express Blood Culture Service

Rapid organism identification by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry

Gram-negative organisms

Houston Methodist Diagnostic Laboratories (HMDL) can provide rapid species identification and antibiotic sensitivity testing for microbes recovered directly from positive blood culture media. Compared to conventional subculture-based techniques, this service can reduce turnaround times by 24-48 hours for most organisms, with even greater time savings for certain pathogens (i.e. Legionella or Mycobacterium spp.). Rapid identification and susceptibility testing can significantly improve patient care by getting patients on the appropriate antibiotic sooner, reducing length of stay and decreasing costs.

Using a mass spectrometer, HMDL can immediately identify the microbe directly from positive blood culture media as soon as it turns positive, allowing antibiotic sensitivities to be set up within minutes. MDL monitors blood cultures 24/7, providing the fastest turnaround time possible.

For more information contact

Phuong T. Nguyen, M.B.A.
Outreach Specialist, HMDL
Office: (713) 441-3484
Mobile: (281) 409-0621
Email: ptnguyen@houstonmethodist.org

Express Blood Culture Service

Blood cultures drawn at client site
Picked up twice daily from client site
Incubated at HMDL
Immediately after turning positive, blood culture organism identification by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, 24/7
Rapid sensitivity results reported 4-6 hours after species identification
Identification and Sensitivity results immediately reported to client 24/7

Advantages

Blood culture organisms identified soon after the culture turns positive
Shortest possible time from culture to antimicrobial sensitivity results
Reduced length of stay for patients, better outcomes
Lower costs for patients and hospitals.

On line reporting available using our WebPortal system

Express Positive Blood Culture Identification Service

Blood cultures drawn and incubated at client site
Positive cultures picked up by courier twice daily
Rapid organism identification and sensitivities performed at HMDL
Identification and Sensitivity results immediately reported to client 24/7
On line reporting available using our WebPortal system