Connecting the Dots

Emergency Department, Lab and Antimicrobial Stewardship: Connecting the Dots

Addressing a Clinical Decision Dilemma at the Source


Christopher D. Doern, Ph.D.(ABMM)

Associate Professor, Pathology and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Microbiology
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Lindsey Nielsen, ASCP(M, MB), PhD

CPEP Fellow
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC

Improvement Advisor
Cynosure Health

Attend this 60-minute program and you will learn:


  • The downstream impact of false-positive blood cultures, with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship in this age of antibiotic resistance
  • The strengths and weakness of rapid diagnostic in bacteremia diagnosis
  • Other intervention methods that have been applied, and their limited impact
  • A solution (Steripath Gen2 Initial Specimen Diversion Device®) that can address this diagnostic error at the source


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