Journal article

Blood cultures in newborns and children: optimising an everyday test

JP Buttery

Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2002


Effective use of blood cultures is a key component of the management of septic newborns and children. The technical and practical aspects of paediatric practice and the heightened susceptibility of children to infection because of immunological immaturity make automatic extrapolation of adult data difficult and potentially unfounded.