Reply To: Blood Culture Policies

  • Christopher Williams

    June 14, 2019 at 5:04 pm
    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

    ——Original Message——

    Hello all,

    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