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Sponsored Webinar: Give Blood Culture Quality the Attention your Patients Deserve – It Takes a Team!
March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Date: March 7, 2023
Time: 2:00 – 2:30 pm ET / 11:00 – 11:30 am PT
Blood cultures are the gold standard test for sepsis diagnosis, and an essential first step in infectious organism identification. Improving blood culture quality is critical to the outcomes for a patient with suspected sepsis. Unfortunately, blood culture quality, including the test’s sensitivity and specificity, is notoriously susceptible to variances in the techniques and technologies used. This is concerning because compromised sensitivity decreases the likelihood of identifying an infection if it truly is present. If specificity is compromised, we run the risk of unnecessarily treating a falsely identified infection. Optimizing blood culture quality requires a team effort, starting with process improvement efforts at the patient’s bedside.
After several years of exploring different approaches, United Regional Health Care System believes they have found that sustainable solution. In this sponsored session, Dr. Amy Fountain, the Director of Laboratory Services at United Regional Health Care System, will share her first-hand experience addressing blood culture contamination, and the impact of a new technology solution, the Steripath® Initial Specimen Diversion Device®, on blood culture contamination rates. Through these strategies, she successfully implemented this new technology and ultimately improved downstream patient care.
Janet Conner, MT(ASCP), CIC, MSPH
Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this webinar by BD.