In this large trial, interns were randomized to routine or optional sterile gloves for drawing blood cultures. The rate of possible contamination was significantly lower in the group randomized to routine sterile cultures (0.6% vs 1.1%), which should be considered standard practice based on this trial (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.