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Table 1 Storage conditions and number replicates for blood culture bottles spiked with five different organisms

From: Impact of delays to incubation and storage temperature on blood culture results: a multi-centre study

Storage condition Per organism Total
COMRUa LOMWRUa SMRUb LOMWRUb Total
No storage ×5 ×5 × 5 ×3 ×18 90
6 h 25 °C × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
6 h cool-box × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
6 h 40 °C × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
12 h 25 °C × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
12 h cool-box × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
12 h 40 °C × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
24 h 25 °C × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
24 h cool-box × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
24 h 40 °C × 5 × 5 × 5 × 3 × 18 90
Total 50 50 50 30 180 900
  1. a = manual system; b = automated system (BacT/ALERT® for SMRU, BD BACTEC™ for LOMWRU)
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