Effectiveness of a Novel Specimen Collection System in Reducing Blood Culture Contamination Rates

Bell M, Bogar C, Plante J, Rasmussen K, Winters S.
J Emerg Nurs. 2018 Apr 20. pii: S0099-1767(17)30148-4.
Lee Health Fort Meyers, FL; Cape Coral, FL.

  • Study data was limited to only those blood cultures collected with the device. It does not reflect the impact on the overall blood culture contamination rate.
  • The data showed an 82.8% reduction in false positives.
  • Based on the historical 3.52% rate of blood-culture contamination for the health facilities, 2.92 false positives were prevented for every 100 blood cultures drawn.

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