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  • patients with possible sepsis / septicaemia or infective endocarditis (including SBE) generally should have at least 2 sets of blood cultures taken (3 sets for suspected endocarditis), and preferably before commencing iv antibiotics
  • blood cultures can be taken from newly placed iv cannulae in the ED as long as the usual sterile technique is used 1)
  • in an ED setting, some 10% are likely to be true positives, whilst false positive contamination rates are usually around 3-4%
blood_culture.txt · Last modified: 2013/10/29 15:48 (external edit)