Effective strategy for decreasing blood culture contamination rates: The experience of a veterans affairs medical centre

D. Youssef, W. Shams, B. Bailey, T. J. O'Neil, M. A. Al-Abbadi

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Abstract

Contaminated blood cultures constitute diagnostic challenges and place a burden on healthcare services. An observational retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of routine labelling of blood culture bottles with the initials of the healthcare worker who drew them, followed by individualized feedback, on blood culture contamination rates. The contamination rate of the entire facility was 2.6% before the procedural change, and this decreased significantly to 1.5% after the procedural change (P < 0.001) over the first 12 months of the intervention. Routine labelling of blood culture bottles with the initials of the healthcare worker who drew them, followed by individualized feedback, was effective in reducing blood culture contamination rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-291
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Bacteria
  • Blood culture
  • Bloodstream infection
  • Contamination
  • Healthcare costs
  • Prevention

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