Reply To: Blood Culture Policies

  • Nicole Lennox

    June 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    ​Hi Erin,
    We use the initial discard for both lumens for our cultures, if it is an initial spike we do both aerobic and anaerobic from the first discard and half the discard for both bottles, and use the subsequent withdraw for other tests.

    Nicole Lennox
    Nurse Educator
    Cancer Centre for Children
    The Sydney Children’s Network
    Westmead Campus
    Sydney, NSW
    Original Message:
    Sent: 06-14-2019 04:52 PM
    From: Erin Rentch
    Subject: Blood Culture Policies

    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