Blood Cultures

Bactitech bactitech at
Sun Feb 17 16:50:07 EST 2002

I am also forwarding this to, as the med techs hang
out in there, also.

I wish I could help you, but we just get the bottles and put them on. 
They are drawn by our phlebotomy team, and there may be specific
guidelines, but I don't know what they are.

We are using a Trek system, and we are not putting the bottles on the
machines that are inoculated with sterile body fluids.  Some doctors
insist on using theses for this purpose.  We just incubate them in a
regular incubator and check them for turbidity and stain/subculture if

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)

Glenn Montis wrote:
> I am reviewing policies for update and would like to
> know how other hospitals are handling the following
> items:
> 1. Does anyone have specific guidelines in place to
> regulate the volume of blood drawn for blood cultures
> in relation to the age and/or weight of pediatric
> patients?
> 2. Do you allow blood cultures to be drawn from
> Central Venous Catheters, and if so, do you have any
> specific guidelines pertaining to the procedure.
> 3. Do you allow Physicians to order only one set of
> blood cultures for an adult, or do you insist on
> drawing two sets.
> 4. How many use automated blood culture system to
> culture other body fluids (Per, Pleural, synovial,
> CSF, ect...).
> Thanks
> Glenn Montis
> Microbiology Supervisor
> Hardin Memorial Hospital
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