n South African Medical Journal - Guideline for the optimal use of blood cultures : guideline
|Article Title||Guideline for the optimal use of blood cultures : guideline|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Author||Ntobeko Ntusi, Lindsey Aubin, Stephen Oliver, Andrew Whitelaw and Marc Mendelson|
|Publication Date||Dec 2010|
|Pages||839 - 843|
|Keyword(s)||University of Cape Town|
The incidence of sepsis is increasing globally, with high morbidity and mortality. Prompt, accurate detection of bacteraemia and fungaemia is imperative for improving patient care, yet health care professionals lack training in correct blood culture techniques. These guidelines discuss the clinical importance of blood cultures, the indications for their use and the correct technique for optimal yield of pathogenic micro-organisms that cause sepsis.
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