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Oxygenating the argument for consistent performance of anaerobic blood cultures and blood volumes collected


  • Microbiology


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Published Date

  • 2019


  • We read with interest two articles in the February issue describing high levels of failure of empirical antibiotic therapy due to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli [1,2]. There was an association with higher mortality rates although underlying comorbidities also needed to be considered. Whilst rapidly screening patients for carbapenemase-producing organisms may help to reduce/correct empirical antibiotic failure in the sepsis, there is a danger of overprescription of the few remaining active agents in the absence of identifying the definitive pathogen(s).
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