Improving the blood culture pathway – executive summary

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NHS England’s report into blood culture practices outlines key improvement steps in the pre-analytical phase of the blood culture pathway. Through targeted recommendations to trust chief executives, clinical and pathology staff, we have an opportunity to improve the blood culture pathway, antimicrobial stewardship and patient outcomes from sepsis.


Published 29 June 2022.

Version 1.1 updated 9 March 2023