What are the recommendations for blood cultures in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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The Surviving Sepsis Campaign recommends obtaining at least 2 blood cultures before antibiotics are administered, with 1 percutaneously drawn and the other(s) obtained through each vascular access (unless the device was inserted 11</ref> [60] Again, however, it must be remembered that blood cultures are positive in fewer than 50% of cases of sepsis. [3, 4, 5]


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