Sampling for Endocarditis

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Infective Endocarditis

Infected pacemaker

Infected vascular graft

  • 3 peripheral  blood cultures from 3 separate venipunctures, taken minimum 20 minutes apart
  • Further blood cultures may be taken at clinical team’s discretion

 Unless the patient is septic with haemodynamic instability, at least 3 sets of blood cultures should be obtained before empirical antimicrobials are started

Blood cultures obtained at the same time count as a single set with >2 bottles.