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Blood Culture Contamination Compromises Our Best Defense
Written By: Tammy Johnson, RN Sepsis is a vicious killer that is quick to strike and tough to combat. It is the leading cause of death in US hospitals and...
Improving Patient Safety and Care through Specimen Integrity and Accurate Results
Written By: Richard Patton, MD While in training as a pathologist, I encountered a case of fatal anaphylaxis due to an antibiotic in a teenager. Autopsy findings showed no evidence...
The Patient Consequences of Blood Culture Contamination are Serious - But Avoidable
Written By: Tammy Johnson, RN Do you know what happens with 35-50% of all positive blood culture tests? They return false positive results due to specimen contamination. Considering that the...