Give Blood Culture Quality the Attention your Patients Deserve – It Takes a Team!

March 7, 2023

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Sponsored by BD

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.

In addition to this team approach, ensuring that key metrics are in place to monitor progress and target process improvement efforts for blood cultures is vital. Contamination rate is one key metric for assessing a hospital’s blood culture quality. Contaminated blood cultures result in false-positive test results that can have significant downstream effects on patient care including unnecessary antibiotic usage and antibiotic-related adverse effects, increased mortality, increased hospital length of stay, increased costs, and more. With the recent national movement toward a 1% or less blood culture contamination goal, it’s crucial for every hospital to achieve sustained reductions in blood culture contamination.

The presenter will discuss the importance of a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach along with evidence-based best-practice techniques and technology to realize sustainable improvements in blood culture quality.

Target Audience

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more. 

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided for this webinar by BD.

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03/07/2023 - 11:00am PST
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03/07/2023 - 11:30am PST

Janet S. Conner, MT(ASCP), CIC, MSPH

Infection Preventionist

Janet Conner has over 30 years of experience in infection control across a continuum of healthcare, including hospital, ambulatory care, long-term care, public health, home care, home medical equipment, chronic hemodialysis, and hospice. In her most recent role as the Regional Director, Infection Prevention of a large healthcare system, Janet was responsible for overseeing the Infection Prevention and Control programs of over 10 hospitals, including compliance with Joint Commission Infection Control Standards and national patient safety goals (NPSG) as well as promoting system-wide initiatives and campaigns to prevent hospital-acquired infections and improve patient care safety and quality.

Janet is a member of the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Certification Board for Infection Control (CBIC), and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). She is also past president of the Mile High Chapter of APIC. She has been invited to speak at numerous regional events on topics including antimicrobial stewardships, infection prevention, and biosafety. Janet holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology/Medical Technology from Colorado State University and a Master of Public Health from Walden University.

No continuing education credits are offered for the Sponsor Innovation Webinar.

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