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

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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… (More)

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@article{Ramsook2000ComparisonOB, title={Comparison of blood-culture contamination rates in a pediatric emergency room: newly inserted intravenous catheters versus venipuncture.}, author={Chris Ramsook and Keri Childers and Stanley G Cron and M H Nirken}, journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology}, year={2000}, volume={21 10}, pages={649-51} }