Blood Cultures: Practice, Utilization, and Challenges

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Originally presented May 20, 2020

Presentation available soon.

Overview

This “Phlebotomy Webinar” will discuss types, sets, draws, and automated instruments for blood cultures. We will also address the impact of antibiotics, proper fill volumes, preventing contamination, and incubation time. Finally, we will discuss rapid diagnostics.

Presenter

Kyle Rodino, Ph.D.
Clinical Microbiology Fellow
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define a blood culture set and the number of blood cultures needed to diagnose a bloodstream infection.
  • Identify ways to reduce blood culture contamination.
  • Describe the impact of antibiotics on blood culture positivity rates.

Intended Audience

This series is appropriate for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient-care staff involved in specimen collection.

Credit

The following types of credit are offered for this event:
ASCLS P.A.C.E.®
State of California
State of Florida

Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

To obtain credit:

  1. Register for and participate in the program.
  2. Complete the evaluation that will be sent to you after the program.
  3. Generate and print your certificate(s).

ASCLS P.A.C.E.®

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E.® contact hour.

State of California

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of California. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

State of Florida

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Faculty Disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.

Questions?

Contact us: mcleducation@mayo.edu

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