Blood culture is one of the most important diagnostic tests in medicine, considering the significant morbidity and mortality associated with bloodstream infection (BSI). However, it is an often misused and misinterpreted test in everyday paediatric practice. In this article, we explore the evidence related to paediatric blood cultures, with the aim of providing clear and clinically-relevant recommendations for its judicious use.
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Contributors PMa conceived the idea of update on the earlier version. SOH and PMa drafted and revised serial manuscript versions. PN provided microbiology expertise and edited the manuscript. LS and PMo reviewed and edited the manuscript. All contributed to the final review.
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