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Peripheral blood cultures in the emergency department
  1. E Smith,
  2. F Khan
  1. Emergency Medicine Department, Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough, UK
  1. Dr E Smith, Emergency Medicine Department, Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough YO12 6QL, UK; edsmith{at}doctors.org.uk

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We read with interest the study by Howie et al1 showing that only 4 out of 2213 blood cultures (0.2%) taken in their department influenced patient management. These results are in keeping with other similar studies that have been published.

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