A national survey of interventions and practices in the prevention of blood culture contamination and associated adverse health care events

Garcia RA, Spitzer ED, Kranz B, Barnes S
Am J Infect Control. 2018 May;46(5):571-576. Epub 2017 Feb 1.
Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY

  • 80% of respondents report a blood culture contamination rate less than 3%.
  • 90% of hospital protocols emphasize direct venipuncture.
  • About 60% report that hospitals likely submit CLABSI data to NHSN attributable to blood culture contamination.

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