Comparison of blood-culture contamination rates in a pediatric emergency room: newly inserted intravenous catheters versus venipuncture.

@article{Ramsook2000ComparisonOB,
  title={Comparison of blood-culture contamination rates in a pediatric emergency room: newly inserted intravenous catheters versus venipuncture.},
  author={Chris Ramsook and Kimberly Dunn Childers and Stanley G. Cron and M H Nirken},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={21 10},
  pages={
          649-51
        }
}
We compared contamination rates of blood cultures obtained either from newly inserted intravenous catheters or via venipuncture. Of 2,431 blood cultures, the overall contamination rate was 2.7% (intravenous catheter, 3.4%; venipuncture, 2.0%; P=.043). The site of lowest contamination was the antecubital fossa, making this the optimal choice for blood-culture sampling. 
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