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December 1957

The Significance of Blood Cultures in the Newborn Period

Author Affiliations

Minneapolis
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Hospitals, and the Pediatric Research Laboratories of the Variety Club Heart Hospital, University of Minnesota. Senior Investigator, Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation (Dr. Smith). Present address of authors: Department of Pediatrics, Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas, Dallas.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(6):601-603. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030070013002
Abstract

Septicema during the newborn period often occurs with deceptively benign early clinical manifestations.1 Consequently, the clinician is forced to initiate vigorous antibiotic treatment on suspicion and thus depend upon a single pretreatment culture of the blood for a positive bacteriological diagnosis. It is important, therefore, to examine the validity of information gained from single cultures of the blood in newborn infants. As septicemia during the neonatal period is still a significant pediatric problem, it seemed important to investigate the interpretation of blood cultures at this age.

Clinical Material and Methods  Consecutive normal infants born over a three-month period at Ancker General Hospital, St. Paul, were studied. The infants had no physical abnormalities, no evidence of skin lesions or infection, and no temperature elevation. "Dry" skin care was practiced during this period of time. All blood for the cultures was drawn by one of us.Skin over the neck was

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