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Increased rates of blood culture contamination during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Esquer Garrigos Z, Wingler MJB, Svoronos PA, Vijayvargiya P, Goodman-Meza D, O'Horo JC, Navalkele BD, Cretella D, Frame IJ, Parham J, Lucar J. Increased rates of blood culture contamination during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2021 Jun 24; 1-3.
We observed a higher rate of blood-culture contamination during the COVID-19 pandemic at our institution compared to a prepandemic period. Given the potential implications of blood contamination in antibiotic and diagnostic test utilization as well as added cost, it is imperative to continue efforts to minimize these episodes during the pandemic.