Twelve year analysis of aerobic-only blood cultures for routine detection of bacteraemia

Stoneham, S, Schilling, W, San Francisco, A and Llewelyn, M (2019) Twelve year analysis of aerobic-only blood cultures for routine detection of bacteraemia. Journal of Hospital Infection. ISSN 0195-6701

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Abstract

Sampling practices determine the accuracy of blood culture in diagnosing bloodstream infection. The main acute hospital in this study introduced aerobic-only routine blood cultures aiming to increase the volume and number of aerobic samples. At the smaller acute site, aerobic–anaerobic pairs were sent routinely. Culture yield and sampling practices were compared at these two sites and it was found that anaerobic cultures increased the yield of pathogens including facultative anaerobes. Volume cultured and number of samples sent fell short of national recommendations. The aerobic-only policy did not result in more blood being cultured. Based on these findings, the main acute hospital is reintroducing aerobic–anaerobic pairs for routine culture.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Research Centres and Groups: Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Deborah Miller
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 08:06
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 16:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88367

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