Webinar on How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Prepare to Meet a New Blood Culture Contamination Benchmark


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AUSTIN, Texas (May 5, 2021) — Blood culture contamination is a significant issue that impacts all hospitals. Thirty-five to 50% of positive blood culture results indicating sepsis are false positives that resulted from touchpoint contamination and/or skin and skin plug contamination at the time of collection. These false-positive sepsis results confound clinical decisions regarding antibiotic therapy, including selection and de-escalation of broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment.

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Dark Daily hosted a free webinar, How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Prepare to Meet a New Blood Culture Contamination Benchmark, to demonstrate the profound impact that blood culture contamination has on both patient care and hospital costs and to present an evidence-based solution and best practices to produce immediate improvements at webinar attendees’ hospitals.

Listen to this free webinar on-demand, sponsored by Magnolia Medical Technologies and learn about the national movement toward a new blood culture contamination benchmark.

During this informative recorded webinar, expert speakers Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT), Founding Director, Center for Phlebotomy Education, and Barb DeBaun, MSN, RN, CIC, Cynosure Health Improvement Advisor:

  • Discuss the national movement toward a new blood culture contamination benchmark of less than 1.0%
  • Describe the downstream patient, lab, and economic impact of false-positive blood cultures, with a focus on driving diagnostic and antibiotic stewardship to mitigate antibiotic resistance
  • Review traditional intervention methods to reduce blood culture contamination and their limited effectiveness
  • Describe best practices and an evidence-based initial specimen diversion device (ISDD) that can deliver sustained blood culture contamination rates of less than 1.0%
  • Discuss recent clinical studies that have demonstrated how hospitals achieved and sustained blood culture contamination rates as low as 0.0% utilizing an ISDD solution

Click here for more information and to stream this free webinar.

For additional information, Contact: Amanda Curtis, 512-264-7103

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