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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 17(5); 2006 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2006;17(5): 463-470.
The Usefulness of Blood Culture in Febrile Immunocompetent Patients at Emergency Department
Hong Jae Kim, Jeong Mi Moon, Byeong Jo Chun
Department of Emergency medicine, Chunnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. drmjm@hanmail.net
This study was performed to determine the usefulness of blood culture in the management of febrile immunocompetent patients presenting emergency department.
We prospectively analysed the medical characteristic and the result of blood culture of febrile immunocompetent patients who presented to Chonnam National University Hospital emergency center form April 2005 to October 2005.
The study included 182 patients. The characteristic associated with the positive result of blood culture on multivariate analysis was the low initial level of albumin. Of the 182 culture, only 26 were true positive(14.3%). Of them, the result of blood culture influenced management in five patients (2.7%).
The blood cultures has usually been ordered in febrile immunocompetent patients at emergency department has the limited usefulness. The emergency physician who initially treats them has to consider this limitation of it.
Key words: Blood, Culture, Emergency, Fever
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