Surveillance cultures in intensive care units: A nationwide survey on current practice providing future perspectives

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Purpose: To explore the extent of surveillance culture (SC) implementation underlying motives for obtaining SC and decision making based on the results. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to Heads of Department (HODs) and microbiologists within all intensive care departments in the Netherlands. Results: Response was provided by 75 (79%) of 95 HODs and 38 (64%) of 59 laboratories allied to an intensive care unit (ICU). Surveillance cultures were routinely obtained according to 55 (73%) of 75 HODs and 33 (87%) of 38 microbiologists. Surveillance cultures were obtained in more than 80% of higher-level ICUs and in 58% of lower-level ICUs (P patients treatment. Consensus is lacking on how to deal with SC results when the focus of infection is not at the sampled site.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885.e7-885.e12
JournalJournal of Critical Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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