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Antimicrobial Culture and Susceptibility Testing Has Little Value for Routine Management of Secondary Bacterial Peritonitis

Steve H. Dougherty

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 25, issue Supplement_2, pages S258-S261
Published in print September 1997 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 1997 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/516241
Antimicrobial Culture and Susceptibility Testing Has Little Value for Routine Management of Secondary Bacterial Peritonitis

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The traditional surgical practice of routinely culturing specimens from patients with community-acquired intraabdominal infections, such as appendicitis, contributes little to the management of the individual patient, either initially or later when infectious complications have developed. Instead of performing routine cultures for peritonitis, a modified approach that still facilitates hospital surveillance for microbial resistance patterns should be used.

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

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