Blood Cultures: Present and Future Challenges

Expires September 20, 2020


Video length: 1 hour 4 minutes



Diagnosis of a bloodstream infection (BSI) is one of the most critical functions of the health care team. Proper diagnosis requires a multidisciplinary approach including sterile collection, good laboratory technique, and effective communication of results to health care providers. This presentation will cover best practices along each step of the way from blood-culture collection to results reporting.



Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Cite the number of blood culture sets necessary to collect in order to adequately recover clinically significant organisms in bloodstream infections.
  • List blood-collection approaches that decrease probability of contamination.
  • Formulate effective blood-culture reports for health care providers.


Intended Audience

This conference is designed for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient-care staff involved in specimen collection.



Image of Audrey Schuetz, M.D.Audrey Schuetz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Division of Clinical Microbiology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota




Level of instruction




The following types of credit are offered for our Virtual Lecture programs:

State of California
State of Florida

To obtain credit:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Complete the posttest and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.
  3. Generate and print your certificate.



Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ®program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 P.A.C.E® contact hour.

State of California

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for State of California. This program has been approved for 1 contact hour.

State of Florida

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the clinical laboratory sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. This program has been approved for 1 contact hour.

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Mayo Medical Laboratories is not an applicable manufacturer or applicable group purchasing organization (GPO). (GPOs, per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and this program do not trigger any reporting requirements pursuant to Open Payments [Sunshine Act] legislation.)

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