Self WH, Speroff T, Grijalva CG, McNaughton CD, Ashburn J, Liu D, Arbogast PG, Russ S, Storrow AB, Talbot TR.
Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Jan;20(1):89-97.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
- The study objective was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a quality improvement (QI) intervention for reducing blood culture contamination in an ED.
- The QI intervention involved changing the technique of blood culture specimen collection from the traditional clean procedure, to a new sterile procedure, with standardized use of sterile gloves and a new materials kit containing a 2% CHG skin antisepsis device, a sterile fenestrated drape, a sterile needle, and a procedural checklist.
- During the baseline period, (4.3%) cultures were contaminated, compared to (1.7%) during the intervention period.