Blood culture media

The isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria from blood is one of the most important services a microbiology laboratory can perform. Commercial broth bottles for blood culture cost between $6 and $10 each here in Cambodia. That cost is simply not affordable in any resource poor country unless the laboratory is supported by some international donor. The production of bottles with blood culture media is not complicated – once someone steps forward to offer to produce the product and all the supplies are gathered. I will fly into Bangkok on Sunday night, pick up some supplies and get technical advice from Lek on Monday morning and fly back to Phnom Penh in the evening.  I’m that anxious to get the production of this blood culture media underway.  I don’t want to have to go to Bangkok, but it is important for me to establish a relationship with the Thai distributor, PM Labs.  Vanaporn Wuthiekanun (“Lek”), Senior Microbiologist at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) Faculty of Tropical Medicine Mahidol University, has been very helpful in contacting the distributor and ordering the bottles, stoppers, aluminum seals and crimper that we will need to get started producing the bottles for culture here in Cambodia.  I think that we can produce and QC the bottles here for less than $1 USD each.

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