In many hospitals, blood cultures have become a reflexive habit for patients presenting to the ER with any suspected infection.  This was, in part, due to the inappropriate addition of routine blood cultures as a core measure in 2001 by…
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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. Fever, elevated CRP level,…
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