Simple measures to reduce the rate of contamination of blood cultures in Accident and Emergency
- 1Department of Infection Control, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, Hull, UK
- 2Department of Accident and Emergency, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, Hull, UK
- Correspondence to: Dr C Williams Department of Microbiology, Yorkhill Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow G3 8SJ, UK;
Objectives: To reduce the contamination rate of blood cultures taken in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.
Methods: The standard blood culture sampling kit was supplemented with an instruction sheet on the optimal method for drawing blood cultures and a large 62% ethyl alcohol impregnated wipe.
Results: There was a statistically significant reduction in the number of contaminants (p = 0.03).
Conclusions: Simple measures to encourage skin disinfection and appropriate sampling technique will reduce the incidence of contamination of blood cultures in the A&E department.