Appropriateness of expectorated sputum cultures in the hospital setting.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We assessed whether expectorated sputum samples are ordered according to national guidelines and the impact of culture results on patient management. Overall, guidelines for ordering sputum samples were followed for 23% (18/78) of patients. Results affected treatment in 18% (14/79) of cases. Reducing inappropriate sputum cultures may have significant economic savings in the hospital system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sloan, CE; Bernard, S; Nachamkin, I

Published Date

  • September 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 74 - 76

PubMed ID

  • 26032431

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0070

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2015.05.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States