Reducing Blood Culture Contaminations in the Emergency Department: It Takes a Team

Bowen CM, Coleman T, Cunningham D.
J Emerg Nurs. 2016 Jul;42(4):306-11.
Kennedy Health, Cherry Hill, NJ.

  • The plan targeted environmental and skin contaminates, teamwork, education, and feedback.
  • During the 8-week pilot, the monthly contamination rates were 1.96% and 0.3%, respectively. Subsequent data over 1 year revealed the contamination rates ranged from 0.2% to 1.51%, with a mean of 0.87%.

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