Release Date: Oct 2017
CC: PC, MK, PBL, ICS, PR, SBP
Audrey N. Schuetz, MD, MPH
Director of Initial Processing, Co-Director of Bacteriology, Division of Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Diagnosis of bloodstream infections (BSI) is one of the most critical functions of the healthcare team. BSI is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Proper diagnosis requires a multidisciplinary approach with proper collection, appropriate diagnosis, and effective communication of results to the healthcare providers. This webcast will follow the life of the blood culture bottles from collection to result reporting. Best practices will be emphasized each step of the way. The speaker will discuss proper skin decontamination and adequate volume of blood to inoculate. A variety of diagnostic methods, including rapid identification of bloodstream pathogens, will then be discussed. Finally, effective communication of results to the provider will be covered.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
· Distinguish among various skin antiseptics for blood culture collection.
· Cite the number of blood culture sets necessary to collect for adequate recovery of clinically significant organisms.
· Examine the utility of rapid identification techniques for bloodstream pathogens.
· Formulate effective blood culture reports for healthcare providers.
Who should attend? Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Doctoral Scientists, Pathologists' Assistants, Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists & Technicians, Phlebotomists, Students