How to evaluate Clinical Studies of BCC Technology
Three factors influence the efficacy of technology designed to reduce blood culture contamination (BCC) rates:
- Sample Definition – Does it include all cultures drawn over a period or only those drawn WITH the device?
- Method Inclusion – Does it account for cultures drawn by all methods (venipuncture, syringe draws, and peripheral IV catheter)?
- Environmental Control – Was the use of the technology heavily policed or were clinicians acting autonomously in using the device?