Reply To: Blood Cultures in BMT Population

  • Lisa Pinner

    September 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Yes, we do a sterile ​blood cultures and we do a sterile cap change prior to the culture being drawn.
    We only do central line cultures, no peripheral sticks.


    Lisa Pinner, BMTCN,CPON,MSN,RN
    Half Moon Bay, CA
    United States
    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