Impact of Blood Culture Contamination on Patients and Health Care Systems: A Review of QI Strategies Within the ED

Jacqueline B. Corboy*, Megan Attridge

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Emergency departments are a primary site for evaluation of pediatric patients presenting with fever. Part of this evaluation may include the collection of blood cultures to rule out infection from a bacterial pathogen. Many of these samples, however, yield results that are not representative of a true bacterial infection, causing undue burden on patients and their families and adding considerable costs for the health care system. Reducing the rate of false-positive blood cultures may be achieved through quality improvement methodology. Strategies for the reduction of blood culture contamination, including process improvement and targeted education, are discussed in this review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100718
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Keywords

  • blood culture
  • contaminant
  • process improvement
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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