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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491246/significance-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococcus-from-blood-cultures-persisting-problems-and-partial-progress-in-resource-constrained-settings
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Shailpreet K Sidhu, Sita Malhotra, Pushpa Devi, Arpandeep K Tuli
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Coagulase negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) is frequently isolated from blood cultures but their significance is difficult to interpret. CoNS bacteria which are often previously dismissed as culture contaminants are attracting greater importance as true pathogens in the past decades. Clinical evaluation of these isolates suggests that although there is a relative increase of CoNS associated bloodstream infections in recent years, the microorganisms still remain the most common contaminants in blood cultures...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425610/bacterial-screening-of-platelet-components-by-national-health-service-blood-and-transplant-an-effective-risk-reduction-measure
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Carl McDonald, Jennifer Allen, Susan Brailsford, Anjana Roy, Joanne Ball, Richard Moule, Mariza Vasconcelos, Rachael Morrison, Tyrone Pitt
BACKGROUND: Bacterial contamination of blood components remains a major cause of sepsis in transfusion medicine. Between 2006 and 2010 in the 5 years before the introduction of bacterial screening of platelet (PLT) components by National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), seven cases of PLT component-associated transmission of bacterial infection were recorded for 10 patients, three of which were fatal. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Sampling of individual PLT components was undertaken at 36 to 48 hours after donation and tested in the BacT/ALERT system with 8 mL inoculated into each of aerobic and anaerobic culture bottles...
May 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397472/comparison-of-novel-blood-culture-system-dl-bt112tm-with-bact-alert-3dtm-by-using-clinical-samples
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Mustafa Altindis, Tayfur Demiray, Mehmet Koroglu, Umit Kilic, Aybala Neslihan Alagoz, Aziz Ogutlu, Oguz Karabay
BACKGROUND: Blood cultures are the main diagnostic laboratory tool to detect bloodstream infections. Many clinical microbiology laboratories utilize automated blood culture systems to isolate infectious agents from blood samples. The diagnostic performance and time-to-detection values of the novel automated blood culture system, DLBt112TM (DL), was compared with BacT/Alert 3DTM (B3D) in this prospective comparative study with clinical samples. METHODS: A total of 356 blood culture sets (178 sets for each system) were evaluated over a 6-month period in a university hospital...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379370/reduction-in-blood-culture-contamination-through-use-of-initial-specimen-diversion-device
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Mark E Rupp, R Jennifer Cavalieri, Cole Marolf, Elizabeth Lyden
Background: Blood culture contamination is a clinically significant problem that results in patient harm and excess cost. Methods: In a prospective, controlled trial at an academic center Emergency Department, a device that diverts and sequesters the initial 1.5-2mL portion of blood (which presumably carries contaminating skin cells and microbes) was tested against standard phlebotomy procedures in patients requiring blood cultures due to clinical suspicion of serious infection...
April 3, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277262/eliminating-blood-culture-false-positives-harnessing-the-power-of-nursing-shared-governance
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Dawn Moeller
Our emergency department struggled with unacceptable blood culture contamination rates for several years. The objective of this project was to create a self-governing culture within nursing that would generate and sustain the achievement of monthly blood culture contamination rates below the national benchmark of 3% and the hospital laboratory acceptable threshold of 2.3%. METHODS: The ED shared governance council partnered with the laboratory team to review the monthly epidemiology reports for all adult and pediatric ED patients having blood cultures performed from January 2010 through December 2015...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243751/septifast-versus-blood-culture-in-clinical-routine-a-report-on-3-years-experience
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Florian Korber, Iris Zeller, Michaela Grünstäudl, Birgit Willinger, Petra Apfalter, Alexander M Hirschl, Athanasios Makristathis
BACKGROUND: In recent years a multiplex real-time PCR (SeptiFast) has been introduced, allowing detection of 25 common blood pathogens considerably faster than conventional blood culture. METHODS: SeptiFast was applied routinely in addition to blood culture in cases of critically ill patients with fever and other signs of severe systemic infections. In this study data of 470 episodes were retrospectively analysed to assess the impact of various parameters, such as clinical indications, assigning ward and antimicrobial treatment on test outcome using a multivariate logistic model...
February 27, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215967/leukocyte-esterase-strip-test-can-predict-subsequent-failure-following-reimplantation-in-patients-with-periprosthetic-joint-infection
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Michael M Kheir, Colin T Ackerman, Timothy L Tan, Andrea Benazzo, Eric H Tischler, Javad Parvizi
BACKGROUND: Leukocyte esterase (LE) strip test is an accurate marker for diagnosing periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). This study aims to determine if LE is a good predictor of persistent infection and/or subsequent failure in patients undergoing reimplantation. METHODS: This single-institution study prospectively recruited and retrospectively analyzed 109 patients who underwent two-stage exchange treatment of PJI, from 2009-2016, and had an LE test performed at time of reimplantation...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194067/evaluation-of-the-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-use-of-glucose-and-ph-for-bacterial-screening-of-platelet-concentrates-compared-to-the-bact-alert
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Farhad Razjou, Hossein Timori Naghadeh, Shirin Ferdowsi, Abolfazl Dabirmoghadam
Bacterial contamination of blood components is the major infectious risk in transfusion medicine. Since platelets should be stored at room temperature that makes them an excellent growth medium for bacteria; it is mentioned as a major problem in transfusion medicine. Transfusion risk of a bacterial contaminated platelet concentrate is higher than viral pathogen such as HIV, HBV, HCV and HTLV. The objective of this study was to evaluation of the sensitivity and specificity of use of glucose and pH for bacterial screening of platelet concentrates compared to the Bact/Alert...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159945/simultaneous-two-site-blood-culture-in-diagnosis-of-neonatal-sepsis
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Priya Tomar, Amit Garg, Rashee Gupta, Abhishek Singh, Navratan Kumar Gupta, Amit Upadhyay
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy of two blood cultures taken simultaneously from two different sites as compared to standard practice of single blood culture in diagnosis of neonatal sepsis. Study. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: A tertiary care center of North India from August 2014-July 2015. PARTICIPANTS: 475 neonates admitted to our intensive care unit with suspected sepsis. INTERVENTION: Two blood cultures drawn from two different peripheral veins in patients with suspected neonatal sepsis...
February 2, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122873/rising-stakes-for-health-care-associated-infection-prevention-implications-for-the-clinical-microbiology-laboratory
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Daniel J Diekema
Health care-associated infection (HAI) rates are subject to public reporting and are linked to hospital reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The increasing pressure to lower HAI rates comes at a time when advances in the clinical microbiology laboratory (CML) provide more-precise and -sensitive tests, altering HAI detection in ways that may increase reported HAI rates. I review how changing CML practices can impact HAI rates and how the financial implications of HAI metrics may produce pressure to change diagnostic testing practices...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089672/isopropyl-alcohol-is-as-efficient-as-chlorhexidine-to-prevent-contamination-of-blood-cultures
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Jovanna Martínez, Juan H Macías, Virginia Arreguín, Jose A Álvarez, Alejandro E Macías, Juan L Mosqueda-Gómez
BACKGROUND: False-positive blood cultures can lead to unnecessary risks and misuse of antibiotics; to reduce rates of false-positives, it would be useful to determine whether use of an antiseptic with a prolonged effect is required. METHODS: Clinical study of efficacy (blinded and randomized) to compare the rate of blood culture contamination when skin antisepsis was performed with 70% isopropyl alcohol or 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% isopropyl alcohol in 2 hospitals...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068783/clinical-pharmacist-management-of-bacteremia-in-a-community-hospital-emergency-department
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C Dustin Waters, Bryce J Bitton, Annie Torosyan, Kevin P Myers
BACKGROUND: Bacteremia is a serious condition that leads to high morbidity and mortality. Data describing pharmacist involvement in the management of bacteremia in the emergency department are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To determine if pharmacist involvement in the management of bacteremia in the emergency department (ED) led to an increase in appropriate treatment of bacteremia as well as improvements in patient outcomes. METHODS: The primary outcome of this retrospective cohort study was the rate of appropriate treatment of bacteremia...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011352/clinical-characteristics-and-predictive-factors-for-mortality-in-coryneform-bacteria-bloodstream-infection-in-hematological-patients
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Shun-Ichi Kimura, Ayumi Gomyo, Jin Hayakawa, Yu Akahoshi, Naonori Harada, Tomotaka Ugai, Yusuke Komiya, Kazuaki Kameda, Hidenori Wada, Yuko Ishihara, Koji Kawamura, Kana Sakamoto, Miki Sato, Kiriko Terasako-Saito, Misato Kikuchi, Hideki Nakasone, Junya Kanda, Shinichi Kako, Aki Tanihara, Yoshinobu Kanda
BACKGROUND: We examined the clinical characteristics and predictive factors for mortality in coryneform bacteria bloodstream infection in hematological patients. METHODS: We searched for hematological patients who had positive blood cultures for coryneform bacteria at our center between April 2007 and January 2016. Patients with definite bloodstream infections were included. We started species identification in April 2014. RESULTS: Twenty of twenty-eight cases with a positive blood culture for coryneform bacteria were regarded as definite infections...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988159/antimicrobial-bonded-graft-patency-in-the-setting-of-a-polymicrobial-infection-in-swine-sus-scrofa
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Michael S Clemens, Mamie C Stull, Kai W Hata, Thomas A Heafner, J Devin B Watson, Zachary M Arthurs, Brandon W Propper
BACKGROUND: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and Dacron are commonly used as arterial conduits in vascular trauma or infection when vein interposition graft may not be available. This study used a previously validated large animal model of polymicrobial infection to assess the patency and infectious resistance of a novel, antibiotic-impregnated graft material compared with PTFE and Dacron. METHODS: Forty-eight animals were placed into five groups for a 21-day survival period...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918869/paramedic-initiated-cms-sepsis-core-measure-bundle-prior-to-hospital-arrival-a-stepwise-approach
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Jason G Walchok, Ronald G Pirrallo, Douglas Furmanek, Martin Lutz, Colt Shope, Brandi Giles, Greta Gue, Aaron Dix
BACKGROUND: To improve patient outcomes, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented core measures that outline the initial treatment of the septic patient. These measures include initial blood culture collection prior to antibiotics, adequate intravenous fluid resuscitation, and early administration of broad spectrum antibiotics. We sought to determine if Paramedics can initiate the CMS sepsis core measure bundle in the prehospital field reliably. METHODS: This is a retrospective, case series from a 3rd service EMS system model in Greenville, South Carolina between November 17, 2014 and February 20, 2016...
May 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884664/bacterial-contamination-of-saline-used-for-epidural-procedures-in-an-obstetric-setting-a-randomised-comparison-of-two-drawing-up-techniques
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M Onofrei, M Y Wee, B Parker, N Wee, S Hill
BACKGROUND: There is little evidence to inform practice regarding the optimum aseptic technique of drawing up saline for epidural insertion. Our regional practice is to draw up saline from a non-sterile packaged plastic ampoule, therefore introducing the risk of bacterial contamination. Usually, the anaesthetist draws up saline directly from the vial held by an assistant using a needle (needle technique). Alternatively, the saline vial is emptied onto a sterile tray by an assistant and then drawn up by the anaesthetist (tray technique)...
February 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806478/effects-of-a-protocol-for-the-preparation-of-oxygen-moisturizing-chambers-on-the-count-of-its-bacteria-colony
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Reyhaneh Alikhani, Mohsen Shahriari, Sina Mobasherizadeh
This study aims to evaluate the effect of the protocol for the preparation of oxygen-moisturizing chamber on the count of its bacteria.This study is a double- group clinical trial before and after intervention, which was carried out in the neurology ward of an educational hospital in Esfahan from July to December 2015. In this study, 64 oxygen humidifying chambers were studied in terms of number and type of microorganisms in two groups of 32 during three phases, before, immediately after, and 6 hours after its intervention...
June 30, 2016: Global Journal of Health Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763479/an-appropriately-performed-conventional-blood-culture-can-facilitate-choice-of-therapy-in-resource-constrained-settings-comparison-with-bactec-9050
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
P V Surase, G Nataraj, K Pattamadai, P R Mehta, A R Pazare, M C Agarwal, R N Nanavati
AIMS: Comparison of conventional blood culture with BACTEC 9050 for rate and time to detection of microorganisms. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A prospective study was carried out in a multispecialty tertiary care teaching hospital. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 835 paired specimens (797 blood and 38 nonblood specimens) were collected and processed according to standard microbiological procedures by both conventional method as well as by BACTEC 9050 automated culture system...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741119/predictive-factors-of-true-bacteremia-and-the-clinical-utility-of-blood-cultures-as-a-prognostic-tool-in-patients-with-community-onset-pneumonia
#19
Jong Hoo Lee, Yee Hyung Kim
Although blood cultures (BCs) are an important component of diagnostic practice for antibiotic management in patients with pneumonia, several studies have questioned whether they should be performed. The objective of this study was to evaluate the predictive factors of bacteremia and the role of BCs in patients with community-onset pneumonia (community-acquired pneumonia and healthcare-associated pneumonia).This study was retrospectively conducted in patients with community-onset pneumonia who were hospitalized at Jeju National University Hospital between January 2012 and December 2014...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733962/evaluation-of-culture-media-for-isolation-of-mycobacterium-species-from-human-clinical-specimens
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Padmavali Palange, Rahul Narang, Venkataramana Kandi
BACKGROUND: Laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis has undergone a rapid change during last few years and a number of techniques for culture as well as molecular diagnosis have been used with their respective advantages and disadvantages. Sporadic studies have also reported the isolation of M. tuberculosis on standard blood agar (BA), which at one time was not considered as a suitable medium for mycobacterial culture. The present study was conducted to evaluate the routine use of 5% sheep BA in a mycobacteriology laboratory by comparing isolation rates and time for isolation of mycobacteria from pulmonary and extrapulmonary samples with those on Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ) medium...
August 30, 2016: Curēus
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