Guidelines call for routine blood cultures only in the sickest patients with community-acquired pneumonia, but researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found those with the highest disease severity were no more likely to get them than other patients, and that ICU patients had a lower likelihood of being tested. The study team's Research Letter in JAMA Internal Medicine said data show the rate of blood cultures collected in hospitalized CAP patients increased from 29% in 2002 to 51% in 2010.

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