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Education of phlebotomy teams improves blood volume in blood culture bottles.

Authors
  • van Ingen, Jakko
  • Hilt, Nataliya
  • Bosboom, Ron
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2013
Volume
51
Issue
3
Pages
1020–1021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1128/JCM.03068-12
PMID: 23269730
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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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