Effect of the introduction of a management bundle for blood culture collection

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      • Adherence to blood culture bundle can reduce contamination rate.
      • Less contamination when collected from superficial veins of the cubital fossa.
      • Using chlorhexidine alcohol reduced contamination.



      Inappropriate blood collection subjected to blood culture (BC) causes BC contamination and may complicate the diagnose is of infectious diseases. Therefore, we developed a bundle based on the guideline recommendations for appropriate blood collection and examined the effects of bundle introduction.


      We performed a retrospective analysis of BC samples to determine the contamination rates before and after introducing the BC bundle. We also analyzed the correlation between the compliance rate of the bundle and contamination rate, and between each bundle element and contamination.


      After the introduction of the bundle, the contamination rate was significantly reduced from 5.4% ± 0.9% to 1.7± 0.7% (P < .01). The compliance rate of the bundle was significantly associated with a lower contamination rate (P < .01). Multivariable logistic regression showed that collection from superficial veins of the cubital fossa (odds ratio [OR], 0.25; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.13-0.51, P < .01) and disinfection of the skin at the blood collection site with 1% chlorhexidine alcohol swab (OR, 0.41; 95% CI, 0.25-0.68, P < .01) were significantly associated with lower contamination.


      This study suggests that the introduction of the BC bundle significantly reduced the contamination rate, and bundle compliance was associated with a lower contamination rate.

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