Episode Summary


Blood cultures for bacteria and yeast are among the most clinically important and high-volume tests performed by clinical microbiology labs. Because these cultures are so important to clinical care, we want to make sure that blood cultures are performed as quickly and accurately as possible, and that they are ordered, collected and utilized appropriately. We are going talk about two recent papers. The first is about diagnostic stewardship for improving utilization of blood cultures and the second is about reporting blood culture results more quickly.

Some of the questions we'll discuss include:

  • What steps can be taken to reduce the number of inappropriate blood cultures ordered in non-neutropenic adult patients?
  • Can the final results of blood cultures be reported earlier than the canonical 5 days?

Guests: Maria Valeria Fabre, MD and Eric Ransom, Ph.D.

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