Journal article

Taking blood cultures from a newly established intravenous catheter in the emergency department does not increase the rate of contaminated blood cultures

Anne-Maree Kelly, Sharon Klim

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: It has been suggested that blood cultures drawn from vascular catheters have a higher false positive rate than those drawn by venepuncture. In the face of institutionally imposed practice change prohibiting obtaining blood cultures from intravenous (i.v.) catheters in the ED, our aim of was to compare the rate of contaminated blood cultures between those taken from recently placed i.v. catheters and those taken by direct venepuncture. METHOD: Prospective, non-randomised, observational study comparing the rate of contaminated blood cultures for specimens taken from recently placed (<1 h) i.v. catheters and direct venepuncture in adult ED patients. Outcome of interest was the rate o..

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