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Frequently Asked Questions
B. Reporting
Blood Culture

Q. If cultures are taken a day after a first positive set, but before the results of the first culture are known does the second set count as a separate case?

Please treat this simply as multiple positive blood cultures and refer to the ICU Protocol for detailed guidance on how to report multiple positive blood cultures. The infection episode length is 7 days (where day one is the first specimen date) for each organism cultured. BSI Event Forms (case capture) must be completed separately for each infection episode, so please only report the first PBC of an episode.