Reducing blood culture contamination rates: A systematic approach to improving quality of care.
Am J Infect Control. 2013 Jun 5;
Authors: Hopkins K, Huynh S, McNary C, Walker A, Nixon R, Craighead JE
Contaminated blood cultures can have a deleterious effect on patient care; they may lead to longer hospital stays, unnecessary antibiotic therapy, needless removal of central lines, and redundant laboratory testing. A multidisciplinary quality improvement team from a western US health care system used an evidence-based process to define a system for obtaining blood culture specimens that subsequently decreased contamination rates from 3.7% to 1.7% with an estimated savings close to 2 million dollars in 2 years.
PMID: 23747025 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]