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January 23/30, 2013

Blood Culture Collection for Suspected Bacteremia—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (adetsky@mtsinai.on.ca).

JAMA. 2013;309(4):339. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.113524

In Reply: Dr Eckert and colleagues are correct that there is an error in the Box in our article. The 3 variables they cite are indeed missing. We reviewed the study by Shapiro et al1 and agree the 3 variables should be included in the rule. However, in doing so, we noted that the Shapiro et al report also seems to have an error in that their Table 3 lists the rule but omits the variable neutrophils greater than 80%. As a result, we contacted Dr Bates, one of the authors of the original article, to determine whether this omission was also unintentional. He confirmed that it was.