Multicenter evaluation of the Sepsityper™ extraction kit and MALDI-TOF MS for direct identification of positive blood culture isolates using the BD BACTEC™ FX and VersaTREK® diagnostic blood culture systems

K. M. Schieffer, K. E. Tan, P. D. Stamper, A. Somogyi, S. B. Andrea, T. Wakefield, M. Romagnoli, K. C. Chapin, Donna Wolk, K. C. Carroll

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Aims: (i) Evaluation of delayed time to blood culture extraction by the Sepsityper kit and impact of shipping pellets off-site for MALDI-TOF MS analysis. (ii) Comparison of Sepsityper and laboratory-developed extraction methods from a literature review. Methods and Results: Using two blood culture systems (BD BACTEC and VersaTREK), we extracted 411 positive blood cultures using the Sepsityper kit to mimic a potential protocol for institutions without a MALDI-TOF MS. Extracted pellets were shipped and analysed on the Bruker UltraflexIII. Successful extraction of 358 (87·1%) samples was determined by the presence of detectable proteins. MALDI-TOF MS correctly identified 332 (80·8%) samples. Conclusions: Delayed time to extraction did not affect Sepsityper extraction or MALDI-TOF MS accuracy. The extracted pellets remain stable and provide accurate results by MALDI-TOF MS when shipped at room temperature to off-site reference laboratories. Significance and Impact of the Study: This is the first study to show that institutions without a MALDI-TOF MS can take advantage of this innovative technology by shipping a volume of blood to an off-site laboratory for extraction and MALDI-TOF MS analysis. We also performed a literature review to compare various extraction methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)934-941
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Bacteraemia
  • Blood cultures
  • Sepsis
  • Sepsityper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine(all)

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