Reply To: Blood culture source (CVAD and/or peripheral?)

  • Joan Shea

    September 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    See answers below, also would like to add two more questions on this subject to the group.

    Do you use your waste for cultures from central lines?

    Do you flush first?

    Joan Shea, CPON,MSN,RN
    Staff Nurse III
    Children’s Hospital Boston
    Dedham, MA
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-22-2015 12:51 PM
    From: Mary Jean Howitt
    Subject: Blood culture source (CVAD and/or peripheral?)

    Hi all,

    Wondering what your practice is for drawing blood cultures.

    1. Do you draw just from CVAD, or both CVAD and peripheral?  CVAD only

    2. If you draw both what is the evidence supporting this practice?

    3. If you draw both, how often (percentage) does a peripheral culture come back positive when the CVAD culture result is negative?

    Thanks for your time!

    Mary Jean Howitt, CPON
    Levels of Care Coordinator
    IWK Health Center
    Halifax, NS