Preventing contamination when taking a sample for blood culture

Publication Date: 19 September 2018

To help reduce HAIs in NHSScotland HPS has produced a number of tools that when implemented may increase quality improvement.


A number of steps when performed collectively, reliably and continuously can improve patient outcomes.

Key recommendations

Key recommendations have been produced from the literature reviews. These should be included in Quality Improvement Tools.

A summary of the key recommendations are presented in the form of a diagram which can be printed off and used in practice.

Literature review

Review of evidence base and expert opinion to ensure key recommendations are the most critical for improving and streamlining practices.

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance