n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Blood cultures : More about... microbiology

Volume 26, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Blood should be obtained from peripheral venous or arterial sites. Contamination of culture specimens is significantly increased if blood is drawn through intravenous catheters, arterial lines or inguinal vessels. If it becomes necessary to obtain culture samples from these catheters, an effort should be made to draw a second set of blood culture specimens from a peripheral venepuncture. Blood culture samples should be labelled to reflect the site from which the blood was collected as this facilitates interpretation.

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