Published: 19 January 2023
Author(s): Jordi Rello, José Artur Paiva
Issue: March 2023
Section: Commentary

Detecting organisms in blood is a key determinant in sepsis management [1] and in optimizing antimicrobial use in hospitalized patients [2]. Conway et al. [3] reported that blood cultures were performed in around one out of five adults admitted to an internal medicine ward from the Emergency Department (ED) and almost one out of five of these blood cultures were positive. Globally, 4.2% of the patients admitted to the Internal Medicine ward had positive blood cultures taken at the ED and these patients had worse outcomes, namely 30-day mortality and hospital length of stay.


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