Four-day incubation period for blood culture bottles processed with the Difco ESP blood culture system.
Doern GV., Brueggemann AB., Dunne WM., Jenkins SG., Halstead DC., McLaughlin JC.
Blood culture records from 1994 to 1995 from five U.S. medical centers all using the Difco ESP continuous monitoring blood culture system were reviewed retrospectively. Among a total of 7,362 isolates of bacteria and yeasts, only 0.1% of possibly significant isolates would have been missed had blood cultures been routinely incubated for 4 days instead of the 5 days recommended by the manufacturer. Conversely, numerous contaminants, detected only on day 5, would have been eliminated by a 4-day incubation period.