EM2311D "Changing the Culture of Culturing: Diagnostic Stewardship for Healthcare-Associated Infections” (IM GR-111023)

Purpose and Overview

False positive test results can lead to erroneous diagnosis of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). However, by correcting for overtesting and minimizing misdiagnosis of colonization or contamination as infection, diagnostic stewardship can decrease HAI rates and improve patient care. This presentation will provide an overview of diagnostic stewardship and the role it can have in HAI surveillance. We will then review guideline supported indications for blood cultures and urine cultures to improve our test ordering and guide appropriate decision making.  

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the impact that false positive test results can have on patient care and on hospitals.
  • Describe diagnostic stewardship and the role it can have in healthcare acquired infection surveillance.
  • Recognize guideline supported indications for urine cultures and blood cultures.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: First Last, M.D.Minji Kang, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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