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Training Central Venous Catheter (CVC)

Fever and blood culture sampling

To remember

  • The first set is obtained from a peripheral vein
  • The second set is obtained from the CVC
  • Before taking blood from the CVC for blood culture, discard the first 5 ml and change the stop cock; change the stop cock again after completing blood sampling
  • Differential-time-to-positivity/quantitative blood cultures.


Change the stop cock only if the ongoing drug therapy can be interrupted


* The recommmandations of patient care are stricly advisory. They are non-formal and property of the University of Geneva Hospitals.