Annals of Clinical Microbiology, The official Journal of the Korean Society of Clinical Microbiology


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Development of Blood Culture and Quality Improvement

Review article

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2013 December, Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 153-161.

Development of Blood Culture and Quality Improvement

Sunjoo Kim

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Gyeongsang Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju, Korea


Sepsis is a common and critical illness diagnosed via blood culture. Although a continuous blood culture monitoring system was introduced several decades ago, optimal utilization and improvement of blood culture methods has not been discussed recently. The author describes several blood culture-related topics including optimal blood collection procedures, quality control indicators, prior antibiotic treatment, delayed entry, time to detection, follow-up blood culture, catheter-related bloodstream infection, and new techniques to rapidly identify microorganisms. Although rapid, automatic blood culture systems are likely to be developed in the near future, quality improvement should be accomplished by well-educated medical personnel. (Ann Clin Microbiol 2013;16:153-161)


Blood, Catheter-related infections, Culture, Quality control, Quality improvement