You put a needle where?
So, when you go to order blood cultures in the EMR, you have to pick a site from which the blood culture was obtained from. Pretty much every anatomical site in body is listed, most of which you would never ever obtain a blood culture from. The next choice in the list after antecubital (which is the correct choice for 95% of blood cultures) is “anus”. On days where I am feeling a little frustrated with the institution of medicine as a whole, I’ll pick the anus as the site of my blood cultures, as a way of making myself laugh and feeling better. I’ve done this a handful of times and the chart has never been flagged. I mentioned this to one of the nurses who laughed when I told her, but only because she picks “anus” for every single culture she draws. She’s been doing this for over two years and never heard a peep from anyone about it.