Korean J Clin Microbiol.  2012 Jun;15(2):67-69. 10.5145/KJCM.2012.15.2.67.

Number of Blood Cultures per 1,000 Patient Days at University-Affiliated Hospitals in Korea

  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Laboratory Medicine, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju, Korea. sjkim8239@hanmail.net
  • 4Department of Laboratory Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Laboratory Medicine, Wonkwang University Medical School, Iksan, Korea.
  • 6Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 7Department of Laboratory Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.


The authors calculated the number of blood cultures per 1,000 admitted patient days at seven university-affiliated hospitals in 2010, which ranged from 65 to 129 (mean 110). The number of blood cultures per 1,000 patient days could possibly be a good parameter for assessing the appropriateness of blood culture.


Blood culture; Cost; Sepsis; Quality control
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