1. Early Appropriate Antibiotic Therapy Saves Lives in Sepsis.
2. Blood culture (BC) is the gold standard reference method for diagnosis of sepsis and for ensuring adequate antibiotic treatment of sepsis however; BC is not just for sepsis: Identification of a pathogen from a positive BC helps prevent development of sepsis in a clinically stable patient by guiding effective treatment and control of focus of infection.
3. BC promotes antimicrobial stewardship through targeted antimicrobial therapy in patients with positive BCs and de-escalation or discontinuation of antibiotics in those with negative BCs.
4. Optimisation of pre-analytic phase of BC pathway; from collection at the bedside to incubation of BC into the analyser, is critical for pathogen detection and impacts on the BC positivity rate.
5. Adequate volume of blood should be sampled prior to initiation of antimicrobial therapy and BCs should be promptly incubated.
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Greg joined BD as UK Director of Public Policy & Advocacy in 2016. Greg is a registered nurse (RNLD) and as well as enjoying a clinical career, has experienced significant roles in NHS general hospital and community services management, and...
Claire Burnett is Sepsis Clinical Nurse Specialist at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Berkshire. With a clinical background in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Research, her interest in sepsis led to her taking up the first Sepsis CNS post at the Royal...
Shabnam Iyer is a Consultant Microbiologist and Clinical infection service lead at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, in Reading. She has a keen interest in the rapid diagnostics for infection, sepsis and antimicrobial stewardship. She is the lead...