Blood cultures are one of the most common and most important tests performed in clinical microbiology laboratories. Variables and technology that improve and speed the recovery of blood stream pathogens have been published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology since its inception in 1975. Despite the importance of blood cultures, little research has focused on the turnaround time of blood culture reports. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Y. P. Tabak et al. (J Clin Microbiol 56:e00500-18, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00500-18) report the results of an investigation of Gram stain, organism identification, and susceptibility report turnaround times for 165,593 blood cultures from 13 laboratories. These data provide a starting point for clinical laboratories to establish targets for blood culture result reporting.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)