Education of phlebotomy teams improves blood volume in blood culture bottles
SourceJournal of Clinical Microbiology, 51, 3, (2013), pp. 1020-1021
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Clinical Microbiology
SubjectN4i 3: Poverty-related infectious diseases
The volume of blood sampled for blood culture determines its sensitivity. We measured low mean blood volumes in submitted aerobic (8.38 +/- 3.88 ml) and anaerobic (7.16 +/- 3.83 ml) blood culture bottles. Educational seminars were held for phlebotomy teams, and renewed measurements thereafter revealed significantly higher blood volumes in submitted aerobic (9.77 +/- 4.42 ml) and anaerobic (8.30 +/- 3.64 ml) bottles. Education of phlebotomy teams improves the blood volume in blood culture bottles and should be part of quality control procedures.
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