Journal Article

Usefulness of Blood Culture for Hospitalized Patients Who Are Receiving Antibiotic Therapy

Christopher J. Grace, John Lieberman, Kristen Pierce and Benjamin Littenberg

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 11, pages 1651-1655
Published in print June 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/320527
Usefulness of Blood Culture for Hospitalized Patients Who Are Receiving Antibiotic Therapy

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We conducted a retrospective study to determine the yield of blood samples drawn for culture during the initial 72 h of antibiotic therapy given to 139 patients who were admitted to the hospital for community-acquired infections or fever. The yield of these blood cultures was predictable and rarely (in only 1 patient [0.72%]) isolated new pathogens.

Journal Article.  2283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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