How can recovery of aerobic bacteria be optimized in suspected intra-abdominal infection associated with 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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To optimize recovery of aerobic bacteria from patients with suspected intra-abdominal infection, 1-10 mL of fluid can be directly inoculated into an aerobic blood culture; an additional 0.5 mL of fluid should be sent for Gram staining and, if indicated, fungal cultures. [2] For anaerobic bacteria, 1-10 mL of fluid can also be directly inoculated into an anaerobic blood culture bottle.

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