2. Can a procalcitonin test be performed instead of a blood culture for sepsis?
No, they give the health practitioner different information. An elevated procalcitonin test may suggest that a person likely has sepsis, but it cannot tell which organism is causing the infection. A blood culture can provide this information and give further guidance on appropriate treatment.
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