New Satellite Blood Culture Incubator in Blood Sciences

Microbiology and Blood Sciences have collaborated to set up a satellite BC incubator in the A2 template. This will allow incubation of all  blood culture bottles immediately they arrive in the lab. For our patients, this means:

  • Faster results
  • Shorter turnarounds
  • Earlier optimisation of antibiotic use
  • Less use of potentially nephrotoxic agents (particularly relevant in the Neonatal Unit)

What do you need to do?
Take blood cultures as normal
9am – 5pm:        pod (2900) to Old Path block as you do currently
After hours:       pod (2912) to A2 template, they will be loaded on the satellite unit overnight & repatriated to Microbiology the following morning

Your results will likely come back ~12 hours earlier – we will monitor this.

Posted 7 months ago on