Procedure for drawing blood cultures through IV catheters

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Local guidelines regarding sites for blood culture collection should reflect institution-level blood culture contamination rates for percutaneously-drawn and catheter-drawn cultures using currently available technologies that reduce contamination at both sites” Mermel (2019).

Abstract:

Studies published between 1999 and 2011 demonstrated increased blood culture contamination with catheter-drawn cultures compared with percutaneously-drawn cultures. Studies published between 2012 and 2015 reported that use of antiseptic barrier caps on central venous catheter hubs significantly reduces the incidence of catheter-drawn blood culture contamination. Local guidelines regarding sites for blood culture collection should reflect institution-level blood culture contamination rates for percutaneously-drawn and catheter-drawn cultures using currently available technologies that reduce contamination at both sites.

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Reference:

Mermel, L.A. (2019) Drawing blood cultures through intravascular catheters: Controversy and update. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. March 6th. .

doi: 10.1017/ice.2019.37.

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