Hall and Lyman
Clin Microbiol Rev. 2006 Oct; 19(4): 788–802.
University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Rates vary widely from 0.6% to over 6%.
- Rates have been on the increase.
- Not everyone follows the recommendation of having two samples.
- Positive predictive value goes up if two of two blood cultures were positive and both taken from the vein.
- Skin antisepsis cannot entirely prevent the contamination of blood cultures