Parameters for Ordering Blood Cultures in Major Burn Injury Patients: Improving Clinical Assessment.

Abstract

Hypermetabolic and catabolic states in large TBSA burns lead to higher basal body temperature and tachycardia. These metabolic changes complicate the diagnosis of bacteremia and sepsis. Current indications for obtaining blood cultures (BCs) in this population are poorly described and nonstandardized. Fever, leukocytosis, and lactic acidosis are common… (More)
DOI: 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000624

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