Blood cultures were taken from 47 patients 1–2 min after dental extraction. These samples were tested by the radiometric Bactec 460 and Oxoid Signal systems for the detection of streptococcal and anaerobic bacteraemias. Streptococci were isolated from 19 (40%) patients and anaerobes from 15 (32%). In this study the Oxoid Signal system was significantly better for isolating oral anaerobes than the Bactec system; five isolates were obtained with the Bactec system and 14 with the Signal system. There was no significant difference in the isolation of streptococci between these two systems (Bactec 14, Oxoid Signal 10). The contamination rate was 4.1% for Bactec and 7.5% for the Oxoid Signal system.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Most cited this month Most Cited RSS feed

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error