Cardiology Questions Answered by Verified Cardiologists.
I am sorry to hear about your husband's untimely demise. I am sure this is a big loss to the entire family.
Testing positive for bacteria in ICU is the normal protocol, and the reports do take time to come (generally 48-72 hours after the sample is drawn).
As far as the GP is concerned, the tests done are less sensitive and specific, and if these are normal, it is quite possible that the early signs of bacteremia can be missed.
While there was a missed diagnosis in hindsight, I am not sure what else could have been done if the physical examination and test results were normal to begin with,
I do understand that this may not be the answer that you are looking for, but I do believe that it is likely an accurate one,
Dr Gupta, MD