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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

PAPAVARNAVAS, N S et al. Practice update to optimise the performance and interpretation of blood cultures: 2022. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2022, vol.112, n.6, pp.397-402. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2022.v112i6.16537.

Blood cultures are an important diagnostic and antibiotic stewardship tool to aid in treatment, monitoring and prognosis of patients with infection. This guideline is intended to update our 2010 guideline on the optimal use of blood cultures. Since then, there have been significant changes to the definitions of sepsis, guidance on the number of blood cultures recommended per draw, central and peripheral line blood cultures, advances in mitigating culture contamination, updates on the indications for blood cultures, and guidance on performance of follow-up cultures.

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