Tackling the problem of blood culture contamination in the intensive care unit using an educational intervention

Y.M. Alahmadi, J.C. McElnay, M.P. Kearney, M.A. Aldeyab, F.A. Magee, J. Hanley, R. Bailie, W. Donaldson, K. Johnston, S. Kinoulty, A Doherty, A. Tate, M.G. Scott

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Blood culture contamination (BCC) has been associated with unnecessary antibiotic use, additional laboratory tests and increased length of hospital stay thus incurring significant extra hospital costs. We set out to assess the impact of a staff educational intervention programme on decreasing intensive care unit (ICU) BCC rates to
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1964-1971
Number of pages8
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number9
Early online date12 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2015


  • Adequate clinical practice
  • blood culture
  • educational intervention
  • false positives
  • antibiotic agent
  • Article
  • clinical practice
  • controlled study
  • cost control
  • drug use
  • education program
  • health care
  • hospital cost
  • hospitalization
  • human
  • intensive care unit
  • laboratory diagnosis
  • laboratory test
  • length of stay
  • microbial contamination
  • outcome assessment
  • regression analysis
  • staff training
  • blood
  • blood examination
  • blood sampling
  • clinical competence
  • education
  • health care personnel
  • microbiology
  • prospective study
  • retrospective study
  • standards
  • United Kingdom
  • Blood
  • Blood Specimen Collection
  • Clinical Competence
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Health Personnel
  • Hematologic Tests
  • Humans
  • Northern Ireland
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies


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