Compliance with Blood Volumes Collected for Blood Cultures between Physicians and Phlebotomists

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Background: Blood culture is essential for the diag-nosis and management of bloodstream infections. Blood volume is a key parameter determining the success of blood cultures. Studies comparing com-pliance between physicians and phlebotomists re-garding optimal blood culture procedure are very rare in Korea. Methods: After educating physicians (interns) and phlebotomists about the correct procedure for blood culturing, the blood volumes of forty-three percent of randomly selected aerobic and anaerobic culture sets for adult patients (≥18 years old) were compared between these two groups over a period of three months. Physicians obtained blood from all admitted patients except those in the emergency department

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