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Frequently Asked Questions
B. Reporting

Q. If cultures are drawn peripherally and via CVC lines and both are positive, do they get entered separately or just count as one culture?

The ICU BSI data collection protocol does not distinguish between whether blood cultures are drawn peripherally or via CVC lines. Please treat this simply as multiple positive blood cultures and refer to the Please refer to the ICU Protocol for detailed guidance on how to report multiple positive blood cultures. The BSI Event Form has a section where you may enter data relating to CVC.