Use of Microbiological Cultures in the Hospitalized Patient

Michael J. Hoffman*, Ramona Bhatia

*Corresponding author for this work

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Understanding the proper use and interpretation of microbiological cultures in the hospitalized patient is vital to providing optimal care to those with both community-acquired and hospital-acquired infections. Differentiating true infection from contamination or colonization is the first step toward judicious antibiotic use and optimal antimicrobial stewardship practices. This article discusses the use and interpretation of the most common microbiological cultures encountered by hospitalists, and the management of common infections encountered in the hospitalized patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infection
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infection
  • Culture contamination
  • Health care-associated pneumonia
  • Hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • Microbiological culture
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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