What is the role of Gram staining 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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Although Gram staining may be helpful for identifying healthcare-related infections (eg, presence of yeast), it has not proved to be of clinical value in community-acquired intra-abdominal infections. [2] Anaerobic cultures are not necessary for community-acquired intra-abdominal infections if empiric antimicrobial therapy against common anaerobic pathogens is administered.


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