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AUDIT OF BLOOD CULTURE SAMPLING IN A REGIONAL NEONATAL UNIT
  1. C L Walsh1,
  2. D Cassidy1,
  3. D Millar1
  1. 1Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK,
  2. 2Maynard Ward, The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK,
  3. 3Children’s Haematology Unit, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK

Abstract

Objective Audit techniques of sampling blood cultures, volumes of blood taken and documentation in RJMH, Belfast.

Methods The audit was performed from 8th January to 5th February 2007. Standards were prepared from a literature review. A data collection form was designed and completed by staff.

Data collected included demographics, sampling technique, blood volume and documentation in medical and microbiology notes.

Results See table.

Conclusions

Walsh et al

We recommend our standards for obtaining blood cultures are always met. A set of guidelines should be approved. All staff should be appropriately trained in taking blood cultures.

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