An optimised blood culture pathway has the potential to improve patient outcomes, shorten length of hospital stay, improve antimicrobial stewardship, and reduce health service costs.
Five key learning points:
1) A timely positive blood culture has several beneficial outcomes
2) The majority of blood culture pathways are not performing to anywhere near their full potential
3) Avoidable delays along the blood culture pathway are measured in days rather than hours.
4) Audit is key to understanding and improving the blood culture pathway
5) Optimisation of the pre analytical phase of the blood culture pathway is critical both to speed and number of bacteraemias detected.
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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...
Dr Mike Weinbren is a consultant medical microbiologist with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Last year, he gave a talk at the BD-hosted Sepsis conference, and at the Infection Prevention Society, on his UK-wide survey. While...