Infectious Diseases consultation is strongly recommended for all patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia.


Repeat blood cultures are required to determine clearance of bacteremia. Order repeat blood cultures on day 2, then assess the need for repeat blood cultures every two days until clearance.

Please DO NOT write routine orders for daily blood cultures.

Persistent bacteremia from blood cultures obtained 4 days after initiation of effective antibiotic therapy suggests inadequate source control or warrants reassessment of current antibiotic therapy.