Blood Culture Collection

The following preparation and procedure is specific to blood culture collection:



  1. Select the site.
  2. Cleanse site with 70-95% alcohol prep pad.
  3. Start in the center at the site of puncture and cleanse in concentric circles working outward.
  4. Allow to air dry.
  5. Repeat the same technique using 2% iodine swab or applicator. If patient is allergic to iodine, can use other cleansing agent such as surgical green soap.

Perform routine venipuncture to collect.