Diagnosis of bloodstream infections in children

Jennifer Dien Bard, Erin Mc Elvania TeKippe

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Identification of bloodstream infections is among the most critical tasks performed by the clinical microbiology laboratory. While the criteria for achieving an adequate blood culture specimen in adults have been well described, there is much more ambiguity in pediatric populations. This minireview focuses on the available pediatric literature pertaining to the collection of an optimal blood culture specimen, including timing, volume, and bottle selection, as well as rapid diagnostic approaches and their role in the management of pediatric bloodstream infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1418-1424
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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