*Corresponding author:Töysa T, Licentiate of Medicine, Specialty General Practice, Rehabilitation Hospital Vetrea Terveys Oy, Pohjolankatu 15, FI-74100 Iisalmi, Finland
Received:October 03, 2018; Published: October 16, 2018
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Rapid identification of bacterial species causing an infection has shown to have positive impact on the clinical outcome. MALDI-TOF MS is a viable and rapid method for identification of bacterial species not only on agar plates but also directly from positive blood culture bottles and can thus shorten the turnaround time significantly. The aim of this study was to evaluate MALDI-TOF MS on liquid enrichment medium as a possible method for rapid identification of bacterial species by comparing it to routine culturing procedures. The broth was harvested when growth was suspected and analyzed using MALDI-TOF MS. An overall sensitivity of 70.4% was achieved when comparing MALDI-TOF MS and routine procedures. In conclusion, the direct identification from the broth showed a substantial degree of correlation to the routine procedures, where identification was performed from the colonies growing on the agar plates.