volume 47, issue 3, P819-822 2009
DOI: 10.1128/jcm.01829-08
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J. J. Kerremans, A. K. van der Bij, W. Goessens, H. A. Verbrugh, M. C. Vos

Abstract: The maximum recommended transport time for blood cultures is 4 h [L. S. Garcia (ed.), 2007 Update: Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook, 2nd ed., 2007]. In a previous study, we found that the average transport time was 10 h. In this cohort study, we measured transport times for blood cultures in a larger sample and identified predictors for transport times. A total of 4,322 blood cultures from 1,313 patients were included. The median transport time was 3.5 h, with 47% of cultures exceeding the recommende…

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