We read with interest the publication by Sivakumaran et al.,
1.in which diagnostic microbiology was under-utilized for patients hospitalized with acute exacerbation of COPD in a population-based study in Wales, UK. In that study, bacteria were sought from sputum by traditional culture-based methods, whilst viruses were detected by nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs); the authors highlight the potential impact of increased diagnostic testing on antibiotic stewardship.
- Sivakumaran S.
- Alsallakh M.A.
- Lyons R.A.
- Quint J.K.
- Davies G.A.
Estimating the contribution of respiratory pathogens to acute exacerbations of COPD using routine data.
J Infect. 2023; 86: 233-238
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Published online: February 28, 2023
Accepted: February 24, 2023
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