New national Swedish blood culture recommendations
Blood culture is the standard method for microbiological diagnostics in sepsis. In many countries, the traditional recommendation for blood culture has been collection of four blood culture bottles with two bottles from each of two venipunctures. New studies show that four blood culture bottles from the same venipuncture provides similar culture results and higher number of obtained blood culture bottles, than the traditional method. Thus, new national recommendations recommend collection of four blood culture bottles from the same venipuncture as the routine blood culture method in Sweden.
Özenci V, Sundqvist M, Strålin K. Ta fyra blododlingsflaskor i en och samma venpunktion . Lakartidningen. 2022 Sep 7;119:22050. Swedish. PMID: 36082914.