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The photo: blood cultures

Blood from patients with a suspected diagnosis of septicaemia or endocarditis is collected into bottles containing nutrients and incubated in a machine at 37°C. If bacteria are present, they multiply utilising nutrients and producing by-products; these products are monitored by sensors and the bottles are flagged when they reach a level that has a positive-predictive value.

Further examinations are conducted on aliquots of the culture to determine the type of bacteria present and which antibiotics are most appropriate for the patient's treatment.

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Is the pseudonym of Dr Marina Morgan, a Consultant in Medical Microbiology in Exeter, in the south-west of England.

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