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We use the initial discard but actually take two seperate draws for two sets of cultures on admission which has shown to produce a higher yield.
Clinical Nurse Consultant: Paediatric Oncology
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Australia
What is the policy in place at your facility for drawing blood cultures? Specifically, are you using initial waste (discard) as part of your blood culture sample or do you use the subsequent draw for the sample?
—————————— Erin Rentch BSN, CPHON, RN CHOC Children’s Hospital Orange, CA United States ——————————