Which lab findings suggest bacteremia in patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in sepsis?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Ali H Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Patients at risk for bacteremia include adults who are febrile with elevated WBC or neutrophil band counts, elderly patients who are febrile, and patients who are febrile and neutropenic. These populations have a 20-30% incidence of bacteremia. The incidence of bacteremia is at least 50% in patients with sepsis and evidence of end-organ dysfunction.


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