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Do Emergency Department Blood Cultures Change Practice in Patients with Pneumonia?

  • M. Kennedy
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Division of Infectious Disease, Boston; Department of Emergency Medicine/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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  • D.W. Bates
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Division of Infectious Disease, Boston; Department of Emergency Medicine/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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  • S.B. Wright
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Division of Infectious Disease, Boston; Department of Emergency Medicine/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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  • R. Ruiz
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Division of Infectious Disease, Boston; Department of Emergency Medicine/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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  • R.E. Wolfe
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Division of Infectious Disease, Boston; Department of Emergency Medicine/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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  • N.I. Shapiro
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Division of Infectious Disease, Boston; Department of Emergency Medicine/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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      Objectives: While it is considered standard of care to obtain blood cultures on patients hospitalized for pneumonia, several studies have questioned the utility and cost-effectiveness of this practice. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of emergency department (ED) blood cultures on antimicrobial therapy for patients with pneumonia.
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