Review: Paired quantitative blood cultures most accurately detect intravascular device--related bloodstream infection

November 2005
ACP Journal Club;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 143 Issue 3, p77
Academic Journal
This article presents information on a clinical study according to which paired quantitative blood cultures most accurately detect intravascular device-related bloodstream infection. The study explored which tests are most accurate for diagnosing intravascular device (IVD)-related bloodstream infection? The most accurate tests were the paired quantitative blood cultures, IVD-drawn quantitative blood culture, and the acridine orange leukocyte cytospin test. Most other diagnostic tests have acceptable sensitivity and specificity. Qualitative catheter segment culture has low specificity.


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