Most pathogens identified within 24 hours in febrile infants with bacteremia

  • July 25, 2014

Recent data show most pathogens can be identified within 24 hours of collection in febrile infants who present with bacteremia. Therefore, inpatient observation of febrile infants for longer periods may be unnecessary.

Eric A. Biondi, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., and colleagues assessed time to positivity and proportion of positive blood culture results from febrile infants, aged 90 days or younger, with bacteremia. Analysis included 392 pathogenic cultures.

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