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.
Scholte, J. B. J., van Mook, W. N. K. A., Linssen, C. F. M., van Dessel, H. A., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., Savelkoul, P. H. M., & Roekaerts, P. M. H. J. (2014). Surveillance cultures in intensive care units: A nationwide survey on current practice providing future perspectives. Journal of Critical Care, 29(5), 885.e7-885.e12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrc.2014.05.018