Antimicrobial Culture and Susceptibility Testing Has Little Value for Routine Management of Secondary Bacterial Peritonitis

Steve H. Dougherty
1997 Clinical Infectious Diseases  
The traditional surgical practice of routinely culturing specimens from patients with communityacquired intraabdominal infections, such as appendicitis, contributes little to the management of the individual patient, either initially or later when infectious complications have developed. Instead of performing routine cultures for peritonitis, a modified approach that still facilitates hospital surveillance for microbial resistance patterns should be used.
doi:10.1086/516241 pmid:9310698 fatcat:mmwijfkf4vg6betkvxa72l3rpm