Key messages

• In critically ill patients with suspected infections, broad-spectrum therapy can be empirically instituted, guided by Gram-stain results if applicable, until culture and susceptibility results are known.

• Adequate collection of appropriate specimens is crucial for the generation of meaningful laboratory results and should not be neglected in the rush to initiate antimicrobial therapy in a critically ill patient.

• Microbiology laboratories can provide valuable information about the presence and antimicrobial susceptibility of pathogens.

• Improvements in rapid diagnostic procedures will be a major advance in the diagnosis and management of infections in critically ill patients.

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