Comparison of iodophor and alcohol pledgets with the Medi-Flex blood culture prep kit II for preventing contamination of blood cultures.
Iodophor and alcohol pledgets were compared with the Medi-Flex Prep Kit II for skin disinfection before venipuncture. Of 12,367 blood cultures collected, 6,362 were done with conventional pledgets and 6, 005 were done with Medi-Flex kits. Contamination occurred in 351 of 6,362 blood cultures (5.5%; range, 3.7 to 8.1%) with conventional pledgets versus 328 of 6,005 (5.5%; range, 3.5 to 7.5%) with Medi-Flex kits.
Wilson, ML; Weinstein, MP; Mirrett, S; Reimer, LG; Fernando, C; Meredith, FT; Reller, LB
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