[How to do: Blood culture]

Johannes P Borde, Michaela Ruhnke, Marc Fabian Küpper, Johannes Hübner, Winfried V Kern
Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 2015, 140 (9): 666-9
The detection of living microorganisms in the blood of a patient is of major diagnostic and prognostic importance. Blood cultures are the goldstandard in the diagnosis of BSIs (bloodstream infections). The "How to do: Blood culture collection" article provides a step-by-step approach to this method. The importance of obtaining blood cultures, indications and common pitfalls are explained in this teaching manuscript.

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