Appropriateness of expectorated sputum cultures in the hospital setting.
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.
Sloan, CE; Bernard, S; Nachamkin, I
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