Instrument false-positive blood cultures in the setting of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have been rarely described in the literature [6-8].
, all false-positive blood cultures in our case showed a linear C[O.sub.2] plot (Figure 1).
Autolysis of Streptococcus pneumoniae is another well-known cause of false-positive blood cultures .
The scarcity of reports regarding the occurrence of instrument false-positive blood cultures in acute leukemia is unexpected considering the frequency of this finding (1-10% of all blood cultures) and the high WBC count in acute leukemia.
For the requisite six months required to form a new habit, supply volumes fed the process, and the rate of contamination, or false-positive blood cultures, steadily declined.
In blood culture contamination improvement alone, the organization has seen more than a 70 percent decrease in false-positive blood cultures or contaminated blood cultures.
One key is an effective blood-culture collection in-service in which not only proper techniques are discussed but [also] one in which an audiocassette tape by a respected physician is played, describing the medical dilemmas posed by false-positive blood cultures