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An Analysis of the Successful Reduction in Blood Culture Contamination Rates

Merideth Vieson

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School: Archbishop Hoban High School
Internship Track: Laboratory Medicine
Year 2018
Mentor: Deandreia L. Bell, BSN, RN-BC
Department(s): Nursing
Abstract: Blood cultures are a vital diagnostic tool used when a systemic infection is suspected in a patient. A contaminated culture occurs when bacteria or other organisms grow in the blood culture bottle that were not present in the patient's blood. Contamination has a major impact on both the patient and the hospital, leading to an increased length of hospitalization, additional medical costs, and ineffective antibiotic treatment. This project analyzed the ways that Cleveland Clinic Akron General successfully reduced their blood culture contamination rates to below the national laboratory standard.