Published in Blood Weekly, January 15th, 2009
"Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that the sooner Gram stains are performed, the better. To determine the value of timely Gram stains and whether improvement in Gram stain turnaround time (TAT) is feasible, we compared data for matched pairs of patients with cultures processed promptly (<1 hour TAT) with data for patients with cultures not processed promptly (>= 1 hour TAT) and then monitored TAT by control charting. In 99 matched pairs, average difference in...
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