- •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.
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