Published: 17 December 2022
Author(s): Richard Conway, Declan G. Byrne, Deirdre O'Riordan, Bernard Silke
Issue: March 2023
Section: Letter to the Editor

Blood cultures are commonly performed in emergency medical admissions but the extent to which they improve established prognostic algorithms has been infrequently studied [1]. We report on a large dataset of blood cultures on all consecutive emergency medical patients admitted to our institution over 11 years. We were particularly focused on the outcomes for those with a positive blood culture and sought to investigate the relationship with 30-day in-hospital mortality.


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