Articles tagged "bacteremia"

Blood Cultures are Not Recommended for Most Non-Severe Cases of UTI, Cellulitis, or Pneumonia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Blood cultures rarely change empiric antibiotic management and can lead to unnecessary increased costs and length of stays for patients admitted for non-severe cases of urinary tract infections, community-acquired pneumonias and cellulitis

The absence of fever, elevated CRP and SIRS indicates 99.5% negative predictive value for excluding bacteremia

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

A large cohort study out of Denmark examining over 17,000 ER visits by adults determined that the absence of all three criteria: fever, elevated CRP and SIRS criteria had a 99.5% negative predictive value for excluding bacteremia.