If you have a 3 printer and you are struggling (like us) to find racks for your blood culture bottles: you can use our 3 D printing template prototype blood culture bottle rack BACT/ALERT. Let us know about your experiences with it!
Month: September 2022
Bloodstream infections (BSI) have a substantial impact on morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite scarcity of data from many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is increasing awareness of the importance of BSI in these countries. For example, it is estimated that the global mortality of non-typhoidal Salmonella bloodstream infection in children under 5 already exceeds […]
Blood cultures were successfully implemented in a district hospital in Benin, especially among the pediatric patient population. Unexpectedly high rates of AMR among Gram-negative bacteria against commonly used antibiotics were found, demonstrating the clinical and scientific importance of clinical bacteriology laboratories at this level of care.
The yield of manual BCB was comparable with the automated system, suggesting that manual blood culture systems are an acceptable alternative to automated systems in low-resource settings. Bi-State BCB outperformed manual BacT/ALERT bottles, but the agar slant did not allow earlier detection nor earlier colony growth. Time to detection for manual blood culture systems still […]
Is there more AMR in patients in the hospital than in the community? Our latest article suggests, that this is the case. We think that this might be due to the selection pressure on the bacteria caused by the antibiotics patients are taking. We used urine cultures of pregnant women in rural Burkina Faso as […]
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Urban rats in Kisangani might be potential reservoirs of invasive Salmonella. Work done with many collaborators from the University Hospital of Kisangani, KU Leuven, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, University of Kisangani, National Institute for Biomedical Research, Kinshasa, University Teaching Hospital of Kinshasa, Sciensano, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, University of Antwerp, Institut Pasteur. […]
Making the perfect monolayer smear from staining from a blood culture bottle is not easy. Watch this video to master this technique!
Bieke Tack visited the team at the Kisantu Hospital, DRC, to close our 3 clinical studies (HIT BSI, DeNTS & TreNTS), run between February 2021 and July 2022. Applause for & big thanks to the on-site study team for their dedicated & hard work to collect data from 2738 children!
After 3 weeks at sea and 2 weeks in the port of Cotonou, our production container arrived at its final destination. Our partner in Benin, Centre National Hospitalier et Universitaire de Pneumo-Phtisiologie (CNHU-PPC), is currently finalising the surrounding constructions works, after which we can start production soon. By the end of September, the ITM project […]