Reducing blood culture contamination rates

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The hospital experienced a steady increase in blood culture contamination rates for 2012 and 2013, 2.36% and 2.84% respectively. The benchmark was set at ≤2%” Gibson and Cooke (2016).

Abstract:

Blood culture contamination is a serious patient safety risk that can result in unnecessary antibiotic administration, increased cost to the patient, and prolong hospital stays. The hospital experienced a steady increase in blood culture contamination rates for 2012 and 2013, 2.36% and 2.84% respectively. The benchmark was set at ≤2%. The purpose of this project was to reduce blood culture contamination rate for the hospital.

Reference:

Gibson, D.A. and Cooke, C.R. (2016) Reduction of Blood Culture Contamination Rate for a 300 Bed Community Hospital. American Journal of Infection Control. 44(6), Supplement, p.S30.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.04.009

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