Reference 2017-283

REF:            2017-283

Subject:        Blood Cultures

    

 

Request:

  1. Who is the policy or clinical lead for blood culture best practice at your trust? Please provide a name, job title, postal address, email address and phone number.
  2. Does your Trust follow the Public Health England SMI guidelines for blood cultures?
  3. How many blood culture sets are taken for each suspected case of (a) sepsis and (b) other bacterial infection, and where there is more than one blood culture set taken are these taken from different sites – please provide an answer for both (a) and (b).
  4. How many individual blood cultures were taken at your trust in the following years: (a) 2012/13 (b) 2013/14 (c) 2014/15 (d) 2015/16 (e) 2016/17?
  5. How many individual blood cultures were identified as being contaminated in the following years: (a) 2012/13 (b) 2013/14 (c) 2014/15 (d) 2015/16 (e) 2016/17?

 

 

Response:

1.  Who is the policy or clinical lead for blood culture best practice at your trust? Please provide a name, job title, postal address, email address and phone number.

 

Dr Chinari Subudhi

Consultant Microbiologist

Microbiology Department

Royal Bolton Hospital

Minerva Road

Farnworth

Bolton

BL40JR

2.  Does your Trust follow the Public Health England SMI guidelines for blood cultures? Yes
3.  How many blood culture sets are taken for each suspected case of (a) sepsis and (b) other bacterial infection, and where there is more than one blood culture set taken are these taken from different sites – please provide an answer for both (a) and (b). a)  For each suspected case of sepsis, one set of blood culture is taken

b)  For central line or catheter associated blood stream infections, multiple sets of blood cultures are recommended (set to be taken peripherally and set to be taken through each central line)

If suspected infective endocarditis, 3 sets of blood cultures are recommended to be taken prior to initiation of antibiotic therapy

4.  How many individual blood cultures were taken at your trust in the following years: (a) 2012/13 (b) 2013/14 (c) 2014/15 (d) 2015/16 (e) 2016/17?

 

 

We do not count individual blood culture only patient sets. So a set could have 2 or 1 in this data.

April 2012 to March 2013: 9145

April 2013 to March 2014: 8268

April 2014 to March 2015: 8283

April 2015 to March 2016: 8974

April 2016 to March 2017:10106

5.  How many individual blood cultures were identified as being contaminated in the following years: (a) 2012/13 (b) 2013/14 (c) 2014/15 (d) 2015/16 (e) 2016/17? We do not count individual blood culture only patient sets. So a set could have 2 or 1 in this data. April 2012 to March 2013: 357

April 2013 to March 2014: 333

April 2014 to March 2015: 428

April 2015 to March 2016: 435

April 2016 to March 2017: 574