[How to do: Blood culture]

Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2015 Apr;140(9):666-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-101733. Epub 2015 Apr 29.
[Article in German]


The detection of living microorganisms in the blood of a patient is of major diagnostic and prognostic importance. Blood cultures are the goldstandard in the diagnosis of BSIs (bloodstream infections). The "How to do: Blood culture collection" article provides a step-by-step approach to this method. The importance of obtaining blood cultures, indications and common pitfalls are explained in this teaching manuscript.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / blood*
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Bacteriological Techniques*
  • Blood Specimen Collection*
  • Humans