When you are drawing blood for culture from a CVAD - do you draw a sample for culture from all lumens or just from one?
Thanks very much
Hello, in the IDSA guidelines for the management of CLABSI, it says:
16. If a blood sample cannot be drawn from a peripheral vein, it is recommended that more than (or equal to) 2 blood samples should be drawn through different catheter lumens (B-III). It is unclear whether blood cultures should be drawn through all catheter lumens in such circumstances (C-III).
Sorry for not having a clear cut answer...
France Paquet, RN, M.Sc. CVAA(c), VA-BC(TM)Clinical Practice Consultant, Vasc. Access & IV therapyTransition Support Office,McGill University Health Center
France Paquet, RN, MSC, VA-BC(TM), CVAA(c)
Clinical Practice Consultant, IV therapy and Vascular Access
Transition support office
McGill University Health Center
Montreal, Quebec, CANADA