Are cellulose swabs in combination with a skin antiseptic sufficient for skin disinfection before blood sampling?

Yes. The Robert Koch Institute recommends low-germ swabs for blood sampling. Therefore, they do not have to be sterile.

KRINKO (2011) Anforderungen an die Hygiene bei Punktionen und Injektionen.
Bundesgesundheitsbl 54:1135-1144.

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