Subculture: Investigating the frequency and outcomes of subsequent blood cultures

Grant ID: EMJS-383R35-2021

Project Summary

Blood cultures are tests performed to identify whether patients have pathogens in their blood, such as bacteria and fungi. Emergency clinicians frequently order blood cultures to prescribe appropriate antibiotics for patients. Blood cultures are particularly important to rapidly identify and treat severe infection.

For test accuracy, the best time to collect blood cultures is before a patient has received an antibiotic. However, patients with severe infections may have multiple sets of blood cultures taken over several days. It is unknown whether taking multiple blood cultures improves patient care.

This study will investigate how many patients have repeat blood cultures and whether subsequent blood cultures yield the same result. If found to be redundant, it may be possible to avoid unnecessary blood tests, improve patient comfort, decrease costs to the health service, and reduce practitioner workloads.


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Amount Awarded
$36,920


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Grant Scheme


Status
Active


Principal Investigator:
Ms Angela Hills


Co Investigators:
Dr Julian Williams
Ms Mercedes Ray
A/Prof Jaimi Greenslade


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