Blood culture contaminants can lead to unnecessary treatment and subsequent testing. This QI project in an ED reduced blood culture contamination rates from 4.3% to 1.7% by consistent use of sterile technique. These techniques should be universally adopted (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.