SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574
NTUSI, Ntobeko et al. Guideline for the optimal use of blood cultures. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2010, vol.100, n.12, pp.839-843. ISSN 2078-5135.
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.