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Emerg Med J. 2005 November; 22(11): 810–811.
PMCID: PMC1726605

Simple measures to reduce the rate of contamination of blood cultures in Accident and Emergency


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.

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