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We describe the infections and microorganisms causing bacteremia in an emergency department and to analyze the influence of a positive blood culture on subsequent management. It is a retrospective study of positive blood cultures ordered in the emergency

Giménez Pérez D, Galtés Vicente JI, Iglesias-Lepine ML

Institut de Medicina Legal de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, Servicio de Urgencias, Hospital de Sabadell, Corporación Parc Taulí, Barcelona, Spain, Departamento de Psiquiatría y Medicina Legal, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Hospital emergency department practice gives rise to special concerns that differ from
those of practice in other sections of the hospital. This review aims to inform emergency
physicians about the most common conflicts that arise from the perspective of legal and
forensic medicine. The scope of the review encompasses diagnostic error, confidentiality,
relations with the courts and legal authorities, and the documentation that accompanies
transfer of a cadaver.

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