Phlebotomy teams and blood culture contamination reduction

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Several strategies have already been adopted to reduce contamination rates, including skin asepsis with different preparations, educational interventions, use of sterile kits, and implementation of a team exclusively for phlebotomy work” Foggiato et al (2017).

Abstract:

We have read with interest the recent publication from Nair et al about knowledge, attitude, and practice of blood culture contamination. Several strategies have already been adopted to reduce contamination rates, including skin asepsis with different preparations, educational interventions, use of sterile kits, and implementation of a team exclusively for phlebotomy work.

Reference:

Foggiato, G.F., Tuon, F.F., Becker, G., dos Santos, A.H., Pereira, B.R., de Souza, G.L. and Limberger, L.M. (2017) Reduction of blood culture contamination rates after implementation of a phlebotomist team. American Journal of Infection Control. March 27th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.02.028

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