From a study of blood cultures obtained during 100 exchange transfusions, it is concludedthat an induced bacteremia occurs in approximately 10% of cases. This bacteremia is transient and only rarely leads to septic complications. Blood cultures taken during exchange transfusions are unreliable as indicators of septicemia. Prophylactic antibiotic therapy is not warranted for babies undergoing routine exchange transfusions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health