Applied Phlebotomy Video Series: Seizing Control of Blood Culture Contamination Rates (DVD)
Do you have too many contaminated blood cultures? Do you need strategies to reduce them in your facility? You're not alone. On average, treating patients for false-positive blood cultures cost hospitals $5000 in unnecessary antibiotic therapy and laboratory tests. They also extend the patient's hospital stay by 3.3 days. This lecture discusses the most common causes of blood culture contamination and strategies to reduce contamination rates in your facility, even where phlebotomy services have been decentralized. Includes access to CE questions for inhouse use. (Released in 2014.)
Presenter: Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP)
Running time: 43:30
Closed Captioned by the National Captioning Institute.
Standard version: Consistent with the latest CLSI venipuncture standard (GP41-A7, released in 2017).
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