David M. O’Sullivan and Lee Steere, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.
Determining if and when a patient receives antibiotic therapy can be a life saving decision. If a person has an infection, starting antibiotics early is important; however if a person does not need the antibiotics, starting them has significant financial and health-related consequences.
To evaluate if a minimal-risk blood diversion device could be used successfully to reduce the rate of false-positive blood cultures.
The false-positive blood culture rate (FPR) was compared for three months using a blood diversion device and three months not using a blood diversion device.
There was a significantly lower rate of FPR during use of the blood diversion device (0.44%), compared with an average of 1.71% for the three months not used, an average reduction of 74.1%.
Read the study: ctmed.csms.org