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Driving Antimicrobial Stewardship

Unnecessary and Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics Due to Blood Culture Contamination Contributes to Antimicrobial Resistance. By: Barb DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC   Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since the...

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False Positives Put Lives At Risk

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...

Sepsis Misdiagnosis

Protecting Patients Against Sepsis Misdiagnosis

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

The Scientist Behind Steripath

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...


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