Lawrence D. Edwards, M.D.; Rolando Balagtas, M.D.; Paula Lowe, R.N.; William Landau, Ph.D.; Charles Kallick, M.D.; Stuart Levin, M.D.; Mark H. Lepper, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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A 2-week-period prevalence study was conducted to determine ordering patterns and utilization of bacteriological reports. All bacteriological reports (1381) were monitored, and ongoing chart review was conducted on all new inpatients (436) who had cultures taken. Cultures were not taken when indicated in 17% of infections. Total laboratory costs to the patients were $15,364 or an average of $11.12 per culture. Cultures ordered for suspected infections (1286) yielded 979 (76.1%) negative results (no growth, contaminants, normal flora, or light growth of pathogens) and 307 (23.9%) positive results (significant growth of pathogens). Ninety-five follow-up cultures were ordered for known infections. One
Edwards LD, Balagtas R, Lowe P, Landau W, Kallick C, Levin S, et al. An Analysis of Ordering Patterns and Utilization of Bacteriological Culture Reports.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:871–872. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-871_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):871-872.
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