Intravenous literature: van Ingen, J., Hilt, N. and Bosboom, R. (2012) Education of phlebotomy teams improves blood volume in blood culture bottles. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print].
The volume of blood sampled for blood culture determines its sensitivity. We measured low mean blood volumes in submitted aerobic (8.38±3.88 ml) and anaerobic (7.16±3.83 ml) blood culture bottles. Educational seminars were held for phlebotomy teams and renewed measurements thereafter revealed significantly higher blood volumes in submitted aerobic (9.77±4.42 ml) and anaerobic (8.30±3.64 ml) bottles. Education of phlebotomy teams improves the blood volume in blood culture bottles and should be part of quality control procedures.