DateWed, Jul 18, 2018, 01:00 PM – Wed, Jul 18, 2018, 02:00 PM
Emergency Department, Lab, and Antimicrobial Stewardship: Connecting the Dots
Addressing a Clinical Decision Dilemma at the Source
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
1 - 2 p.m. Eastern; noon - 1 p.m. Central; 10 - 11 a.m. Pacific
Learn the downstream impacts of false positive blood cultures in the emergency department, and how to virtually eliminate blood culture contamination and false positive diagnostic results for sepsis.
Thirty-five to 50 percent of positive blood culture results indicating sepsis are actually falsely positive. An average-sized hospital may have more than 300 patients impacted by false positive blood cultures every year in the ED alone, resulting in over $1 million dollars in avoidable costs.
Hear how a closed-system mechanical initial specimen diversion device has been clinically proven in peer-reviewed published studies to virtually eliminate blood culture contamination and false positive diagnostic results for sepsis in the ED and significantly reduce vancomycin days of therapy.