BACTERIAL INFECTIONStrategies on reducing blood culture contaminationWang, Peia; Hu, BobAuthor Information aDivision of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The First People's Hospital of Jingmen, Hubei bDepartment of Laboratory Medicine, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. Correspondence to Dr Pei Wang, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The First People's Hospital of Jingmen, Hubei 448000, China. Tel: +86 724 2305748; fax: +86 724 2305687; e-mail: [email protected] Received 14 March, 2012 Accepted 4 April, 2012 Reviews in Medical Microbiology: October 2012 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 63-66 doi: 10.1097/MRM.0b013e32835478a4 Buy Metrics Abstract Blood culture contamination (BCC) is a common problem in hospitals; contaminated or false-positive blood cultures may confuse the clinicians, precipitate unnecessary antibiotics usage as well as prolonging the hospital stay for patients. Although it is not possible to eliminate BCC, it is important that we introduce methods to reduce BCC. These methods include changes to the sampling technique to increase the chance of sterility, selection of appropriate skin prep kits, using a trained phlebotomy team rather than junior doctors, and introducing an interactive approach, along with clinical clues and laboratory tests for the classification of blood culture results to minimize BCC rate. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.