Updated summary of Gram stain appearances, microbiological and clinical implications. Updated blood culture collection and liaison approach.
- Always note down all clinician discussions in a large personal diary or preferably on the electronic pathology record for the patient’s sample if this exists.
- Categorise and record the clinical relevance of the positive culture – a standard template to be shared soon.
Improve blood culture collection practice
- Ensure that your clinicians know how to collect blood cultures correctly – pathology registrars/ residents can get involved with training . See this collection instruction as a guide: Blood culture collection procedure version 3 24 Aug 2019
- Check out this guide before you start a collection training program – Blood culture collection tutorial notes 25 Aug 2019
- Calculate your blood culture contamination rates regularly and identify locations that require followup training (if rate of contamination > 5%)
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