Chapter 10 : Best Practices in Blood Cultures

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Rapid and accurate detection of sepsis is critical, yet errors in collection lead to unnecessary testing, use of antimicrobial agents, and prolonged hospitalizations. Strict attention to the various components that compose the blood culture collection process can help to reduce factors leading to rising costs in health care as well as inaccurate test results.

Citation: Tibbetts R, Robinson-Dunn B. 2017. Best Practices in Blood Cultures, p 183-205. In Dunne, Jr. W, Burnham C (ed), The Dark Art of Blood Cultures. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819811.ch10
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Table 1

Recommended pediatric blood culture volume

Citation: Tibbetts R, Robinson-Dunn B. 2017. Best Practices in Blood Cultures, p 183-205. In Dunne, Jr. W, Burnham C (ed), The Dark Art of Blood Cultures. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819811.ch10
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Table 2

Example of a data collection sheet

Citation: Tibbetts R, Robinson-Dunn B. 2017. Best Practices in Blood Cultures, p 183-205. In Dunne, Jr. W, Burnham C (ed), The Dark Art of Blood Cultures. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819811.ch10

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