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The Sum of the Parts Is Greater Than the Whole: Reducing Blood Culture Contamination

Ji Yeon Kim, MD, MPH; and Eric S. Rosenberg, MD
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From Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M10-2875.

Requests for Single Reprints: Eric S. Rosenberg, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Gray J-504, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114-2696; e-mail, erosenberg1@partners.org.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Rosenberg: Massachusetts General Hospital, Gray J-504, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114-2696.

Dr. Kim: Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Warren 225, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114-2696.

Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(3):202-203. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-3-201102010-00010
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In this issue, Kim and colleagues found that routine use of sterile gloves during venipuncture to collect blood culture samples reduced contamination rates. The editorialists discuss the various reasons for this decrease in contamination rates and other lessons for reducing blood culture contamination that we can learn from this trial.


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