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Blood Culture Technique

1. Decontaminate hands with alcohol gel immediately prior to performing the procedure, before putting on gloves. Always wear gloves for phlebotomy and/or cannulation to reduce the risk of sample contamination and for personal protection from potential blood contact.

2. Suspected systemic infection should always be investigated with a peripheral blood culture.

3. Blood cultures are NOT to be taken from any vascular access device.

4. The only exceptions to point 3 are
a) For assessment of pyrexia/possible infection in Haematology-Oncology and Renal patients, where assessment of long-term tunneled lines is necessary. In this case, both peripheral blood cultures and central line cultures should be taken (see also point 10).
b) In patients with NO OTHER vascular access eg some IVDUs (see also point 10).

5. Disinfect the skin with Chloraprep (2% Chlorhexidine and 70% alcohol) 1.5 ml applicator for skin decontamination. Use a criss-cross pattern of cleaning for 30 seconds and allow 30 seconds to dry.

6. Remove the flip-off cap from the vial top and inspect the vial for cracks, contamination, excessive cloudiness of the fluid, and bulging or indented septums. Do not use if any defect is noted. Before inoculating clean the rubber top of the culture bottle with a Clinell wipe (2% Chlorhexidine and 70% alcohol) for 30 seconds and allow to dry.

7. Do not palpate the skin after disinfection.

8. The specimen must be collected using sterile technique to reduce the chance of contamination. The typical specimen volume is 8 – 10 mls.

9. Ideally, collect blood for culture only but if a sample is required for additional laboratory tests always ensure that the blood culture bottles are inoculated first.

10. If blood is to be taken from central venous access, decontaminate the hub with Clinell wipe (2% Chlorhexidine and 70% alcohol) for 30 seconds and allow to dry, then take and discard an initial 10ml sample before drawing blood for culture.

11. Blood culture vials must be inoculated at the bedside.

12. Dispose of sharps in an approved sharps container at the point of usage. (Ensure that the sharps box is comfortably within reach of you.)

13. Dispose of gloves and other waste as clinical waste.

14. Decontaminate hands.

15. Leave removable barcodes on the blood culture bottles do not stick them in the notes. They are used in the lab.



£ 35.00

To Secure your Seat, You are required to pay £35 of the total Course. Balance will be paid on arrival.


Course Overview


This course, otherwise known as the Advanced Course, is delivered in Ealing, and will take your phlebotomy career to the next level.


This course is perfect for phlebotomists that have been practicing for a while, and would like to learn new skills and techniques. It is also perfect for total beginners who would like to complete the course immediately after their introductory course, to give them a real leg up at the start of their career as a phlebotomist.


The course teaches one unit during one day of practical work:

Unit 4: Applying Advanced Phlebotomy Practices and Techniques

During the day, you will cover:

  • Inserting an intravenous cannula
  • Collecting blood cultures
  • Using the Aspiration System
  • Using a butterfly needle
  • Using a needle and syringe
  • Working with the veins in the back of the hand
  • Working with the veins in the foot
  • More advanced blood tests and vacutainer combinations
  • As well as having the opportunity to mix with other phlebotomists and share stories, tips and tricks



You will receive your fully accredited certificate by CPD, within 2 weeks after the end of the course.


The award is a level 3 qualification, so it is deemed to be of a similar difficulty to A Levels. It adds an extra, optional unit to the standard Phlebotomy Practices & Techniques course, so it is essential that you have completed this course, and attained the mandatory units, first.

If you have no prior experience, you can book onto our Level 3 Award: Introduction to Phlebotomy Practices & Techniques course, you can even make a long weekend of it by combining the introductory and advanced courses into a 3 day course.

If you have prior experience, it may not be necessary to complete the whole introductory course, and our refresher course may suffice.

So, if you have already completed one of our Introductory or Refresher Courses, you can book onto this course for the standard price of 249 Pounds.

If you have not completed one of these courses before, but already have previous experience, you will need to book onto a Refresher Course for an additional 99 Pounds.

If you have no previous experience, you will need to book onto our introductory course 100 pounds for an additional 249 Pounds. 

Please ensure you select the correct option in the drop down menu above. By default, you will be booked onto the the Introductory or Refresher Course in Ealing, the weekend preceding this Advanced Course, but please contact us if you would prefer to attend a different course.

If you feel you have prior learning or experience which could supersede our Introductory Course or Refresher Course, you may be able to use this to meet the minimum requirements of course entry.


You will be supplied with a factsheets about each area covered to keep and refer to, and will have full access to advice and guidance from your assessor and from our team.


The course will be held at Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3HW.

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