a body established in 1929 by Royal Charter. It is independent. Its main function is to lay down specifications. While in fact improving quality, conformity with the standards offers some degree of assurance for consumers.
Together BSI and NIS ZERT will enable businesses across Europe and multi-nationals operating in the region to raise their performance and enhance their competitiveness on both a local and global scale through an enhanced range of services.
Microbiologically documented BSI required one of the following: 1) recognized pathogen in the blood and pathogen not related to an infection at another site; or 2) fever, chills, or hypotension; and any of the following: a) a common skin contaminant is isolated from at least two blood cultures drawn on separate occasions, and the organism is not related to infection at another site; b) a common skin contaminant is isolated from blood culture in a patient with an intravascular device, and the physician institutes appropriate antimicrobial therapy; c) a positive antigen test on blood and the organism is not related to infection at another site (17).