Blood Culture Contamination Prevention

If your hospital has a false positive blood culture rate below the benchmark of 3% recommended by the American Society for Microbiology, you may feel you have the problem solved.

But look at it this way: if 10% of all of your blood cultures are positive, the 3% benchmark means 3 in 10 treatments for septicemia—or 30%—are unnecessary.

That's not good for patients or for hospitals.

Now look at it from the patient's perspective.

Every treated false positive can create unnecessary risk to the patient including:

  • Possible mild to severe antibiotic side effects, with more significant risks for some patients.

  • Difficult-to-treat C. difficile infections, which are on the rise among people not traditionally considered high-risk and lead to more than 14,000 deaths per year in the US.*

  • Additional days in the hospital that separate patients from family, friends, and work.

  • Increased treatment cost.

Because false positives impact patient health and well-being, today’s caring clinicians should be working to drive false positive rates to zero—especially if one simple, ROI-positive device can make all the difference.