Bodonaik, Nabin C.; Nicholson, Alison M.; Brown, R.; Sue-Ho, Robert; Saunders, Geoffrey
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Microbiology
Clinicians' role in the performance of blood cultures: How often is a correct number of specimens sent to the laboratory? Data from a tertiary care teaching hospital of a developing country.
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Date of Publication
8 Suppl. 1
Background: The yield from blood cultures depends on several factors, the important ones being the volume of blood and the number of culture sets obtained per septic episode. For an optimum recovery, at least 2 sets (4 bottles) should be cultured within a 24 hour period. In this report, we analyze the number of bottles sent and the yield in each of the 8719 patients who had blood cultures in 2 years between January 1998 and December 1999 at the University Hospital of the West Indies (A512 bed Tertiary Care teaching Hospital) in Kingston, Jamaica.....