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Knowledge, attitude, and practice of blood culture contamination: A multicenter study

Published:February 15, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.01.008

      Highlights

      • Several gaps exist in the knowledge of health care staff regarding obtaining blood cultures.
      • Approximately 10% of respondents received no prior training.
      • Respondents suggested that having a kit for blood culture, having an assistant in the room, and having frequent and easily accessible training are key to decrease contamination rates.
      We developed a questionnaire to assess the knowledge and practice of nursing staff, patient care assistants, phlebotomists, and laboratory technicians regarding blood culture collection and contamination at 2 tertiary care academic centers. Our study showed there were several gaps in knowledge and practice regarding obtaining blood cultures.

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