Category Archives: Module – Blood cultures

Blood culture liaison process – advice by organism type- Gram negatives

Under construction (May 2020) SECOND CLINICIAN CALL: Confirmed culture identification with susceptibility available Prior to calling, check the isolate antibiogram to see that species and susceptibility are consistent with each other – see EUCAST Expert rules which provide intrinsic resistance … Continue reading

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Blood culture tutorials: May 2020 PRIDA course

Presentation 1- Dr J Ferguson,  6/5/2020: Blood cultures 2020 PRIDA Course Ferguson  ,   Recording of session (45 minutes) Presentation 2- Dr J Ferguson, 8/5/20: Blood cultures 2nd 2020 PRIDA Ferguson    Recording (also includes a journal club from Dr Sophen … Continue reading

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Positive blood culture clinician liaison process (microbiology) part 1

Originally posted on Microbiology and Infectious Diseases postgraduate teaching (PRIDA):
Stop press: Gram stain appearance and implications ver 2 2020 Ferguson Documentation! Always note down all clinician discussions in a large personal diary or preferably on the electronic pathology record for the…

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Blood culture liaison process – advice by organism type- Gram positives

SECOND CLINICIAN CALL: Confirmed culture identification with susceptibility available Prior to calling, check the isolate antibiogram to see that species and susceptibility are consistent – see EUCAST Expert rules which provide intrinsic resistance characters by species, including unusual phenotypes. If … Continue reading

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Example template for documenting significant bloodstream infections

Suggested format for documenting significant BSI for later analyses.  Sub documents with key definitions will be provided soon. Print this sheet onto a single A4 page and maintain a records folder. Include documentation of the clinical liaison process as below. … Continue reading

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ISBAR – an essential process for improving clinical handover and liaison by pathology services

Structured conversations between clinicians or between pathologists and clinicians are a good idea – poor communication risks patient safety and contributes to adverse outcomes.  The ISBAR framework enables clear, focused and information relevant clinical communications.  Photo – blue ‘ISBAR’ species of chicken!

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Maximising the value of blood cultures

Originally posted on AIMED – Let's talk about antibiotics:
Blood cultures give a critically important window on bacterial and fungal sepsis, providing direct patient treatment guidance and reliable antimicrobial susceptibility data that are used to construct cumulative antibiograms and empirical treatment guidelines.…

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