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Table 1 Number of admissions and total and positive blood cultures during each study period in General Hospital of Tripolis, Greece (16/05/2000–15/05/2005).

From: Secular trends of blood isolates in patients from a rural area population hospitalized in a tertiary center in a small city in Greece

  Hospital admission period
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2001–2005 (total) p-value
Hospitalized patients 12,625 12,655 13,559 13,835 14,396 67,070 < 0.001
Number of blood cultures obtained 406 483 650 763 904 3,206 < 0.001
Ratio of admissions to blood cultures obtained 31:1 26:1 21:1 18:1 16:1 21:1  
Positive blood cultures (proportion from blood cultures obtained) 46 (11.3) 48 (9.9) 71 (10.9) 88 (11.5) 120 (13.3) 373 (11.6) 0.39