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Decision Rule to Identify Patient Who Should Have a Blood Culture

Purpose:

To determine if a patient in the Emergency Department should have a blood culture drawn using the decision rule of Shapiro et al.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

laboratory tests, other testing

ICD-10:

Description:

Shapiro et al developed criteria for which patients should have a blood culture drawn. This can help to reduce unnecessary testing. The authors are from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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