Category Archives: Module – Blood cultures
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
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
Documentation! Always note down all clinician discussions in a large personal diary or preferably on the electronic pathology record for the patient’s sample if this exists. Categorise and record the clinical relevance of the positive culture – a standard template to be … Continue reading
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!
Blood cultures overview- question guide to key issues 2015 Technical discussion by Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Senior Bacteriologist from Newcastle Registrars BCs CAS OCT 2015 Presentation Dr J Ferguson, Blood cultures 2013 Ferguson Blood culture sampling guide (Clinical Excellence Commission , Australia) with FAQ … Continue reading
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.…