Blood culture: Pediococcus acidilactici – Shipped August 2013
The challenge was sent to category A laborato-ries. The sample was a simulated blood culture obtained from a 42 year old, male, bone marrow transplant, in-patient with a line infection.
Participants were expected to isolate and identify Pediococcus acidilactici and to perform anti-microbial susceptibility.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M132-4
- Pediococcus species isolated from clinically significant sites, such as blood cultures, deep tissue and sterile fluids should be reported with susceptibility results.
- The susceptibility report should include the comment that Pediococcus species is intrinsically resistant to vancomycin and communication with infectious diseases clinicians is recommended.