Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD
- Traditionally, blood cultures are drawn from two separate sites despite no data to suggest this is better than drawing blood from one site
- Recent study evaluated multi-site versus single-site blood cultures to determine if there was a difference in accuracy or contamination
- Positive yield was 20% in the single-site year and 17% in the multi-site year
- No difference in contamination between the two groups
Ekwall-Larson A, Yu D, Dinnétz P, Nordqvist H, Özenci V. Single-Site Sampling versus Multisite Sampling for Blood Cultures: a Retrospective Clinical Study. J Clin Microbiol. 2022;60(2):e0193521. doi:10.1128/JCM.01935-21
Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD
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