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Emerg Med J. 2005 Nov;22(11):810-1.

Simple measures to reduce the rate of contamination of blood cultures in Accident and Emergency.

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Department of Infection Control, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, Hull, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To reduce the contamination rate of blood cultures taken in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

METHODS:

The standard blood culture sampling kit was supplemented with an instruction sheet on the optimal method for drawing blood cultures and a large 62% ethyl alcohol impregnated wipe.

RESULTS:

There was a statistically significant reduction in the number of contaminants (p = 0.03).

CONCLUSIONS:

Simple measures to encourage skin disinfection and appropriate sampling technique will reduce the incidence of contamination of blood cultures in the A&E department.

PMID:
16244343
PMCID:
PMC1726605
DOI:
10.1136/emj.2005.003079
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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