Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology Laboratories: A Comprehensive Update on the Problem of Blood Culture Contamination and a Discussion of Methods for Addressing the Problem

@article{Doern2019PracticalGF,
  title={Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology Laboratories: A Comprehensive Update on the Problem of Blood Culture Contamination and a Discussion of Methods for Addressing the Problem},
  author={Gary V. Doern and Karen C. Carroll and Daniel J. Diekema and Kevin W. Garey and Mark E. Rupp and Melvin P. Weinstein and Daniel J. Sexton},
  journal={Clinical Microbiology Reviews},
  year={2019},
  volume={33}
}
In this review, we present a comprehensive discussion of matters related to the problem of blood culture contamination. Issues addressed include the scope and magnitude of the problem, the bacteria most often recognized as contaminants, the impact of blood culture contamination on clinical microbiology laboratory function, the economic and clinical ramifications of contamination, and, perhaps most importantly, a systematic discussion of solutions to the problem. SUMMARY In this review, we… 
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