THEODORE J. MEDREK, M.D.; B. C. WOOLEY, PH.D.
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To the editor: Data in a recent article, "The Microbiology of Evacuated Blood Collection Tubes" (Ann Intern Med 86:186-188, 1977), indicated that about 9% of the sterile, yellow-stoppered Vacutainer tubes tested contained viable bacteria. The sterility of yellow-stoppered Vacutainer tubes manufactured by Becton, Dickinson and Company is assured through an extensive control program. Therefore, we were disturbed and very concerned when we were informed in July 1976 that laboratories had detected bacterial contamination in some of our yellow-stoppered tubes. We then initiated an extensive investigation. This letter makes public the results of our investigation so that readers of the article
MEDREK TJ, WOOLEY BC. Sterility of Blood Collection Tubes. Ann Intern Med. ;87:631–632. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-5-631_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(5):631-632.
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