Comparing clinical and microbiological methods for the diagnosis of true bacteraemia among patients with multiple blood cultures positive for coagulase-negative staphylococci

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  • I. Al Wohoush,

    1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
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  • J. Rivera,

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    • Present address: Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Institute of Biosciences & Technology, Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Disease, Houston, TX, USA.

  • J. Cairo,

    1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
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  • R. Hachem,

    1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
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  • I. Raad

    1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
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Corresponding author: I. Raad, Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 1460, Houston, TX 77030, USA
E-mail: iraad@mdanderson.org

Abstract

Clin Microbiol Infect 2011; 17: 569–571

Abstract

We assessed the accuracy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical criteria as well as other microbiological methods for the diagnosis of coagulase-negative staphylococci bacteraemia. The CDC clinical criteria had low accuracy, which can be improved by speciation, particularly if the patient had more than two positive blood cultures.

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