multiplex PCR array (FilmArray) can shorten time to definitive identification of bacteria responsible for septicaemia by over two days in country hospitals
Septicaemia is a complex clinical entity. Successful clinical management requires prompt decision-making supported by selective use of laboratory aids. A knowledge of the local epidemiology assists presumptive antibiotic choice.
master the use of blood culture during clinical investigation
“Clinicians understand that sepsis is often a challenging diagnosis to establish at the bedside. Our report provides data supporting this assertion -namely, that in clinical practice ˜1 in 5 patients with suspected sepsis at admission may actually have a noninfectious disease that mimics the presentation of sepsis.” Heffner et al. CID, 2010.