Reply To: Blood Cultures in BMT Population

  • Angele Leger

    July 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Stephanie
    1) we do not collect blood cultures using a sterile procedure
    2) our cultures are only from central lines
    3) we do not do cap changes before/after blood cultures's%20Hospital/C-05-07-60031%20Pediatric%20Blood%20Culture%20Guide.pdf

    Hope this helps!


    Angèle Phillips, HBSc, BScN, RN
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Oncology, Hematology & BMT
    BC Children’s Hospital
    Phone: (604) 875-2345 ext 4749
    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-11-2019 03:37 PM
    From: Stephanie Davis
    Subject: Blood Cultures in BMT Population

    Hi all,

    We are reviewing our blood culture policy within our BMT patients and would love to hear from you~
    A few questions:

    1. Do you use sterile procedure for blood cultures?
    2. Do you perform central line draw and peripheral stick with blood cultures (first spike and/or subsequent draws) before start of antibiotics?
    3. Do you perform central line cap change with each blood culture?

    Thank you! Kind regards,

    Stephanie Davis, BSN RN CPHON
    BMT Clinical Educator
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles