In this large retrospective analysis of almost 1,000 blood cultures, true blood stream infections were correlated with the number of blood cultures collected, and all organisms had 100% predictive value with 4 cultures. This single sample technique should be considered, rather than multiple daily cultures, for determining bacteremia (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.