Blood Culture Stewardship: Safe and Effective Application in the PICU

Blood Culture Stewardship: Safe and Effective Application in the PICU

Oct. 26, 2022

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  • Written By:
    Charlotte Woods-Hill, M.D., MSHP
    Assistant Professor, Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • This event is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credit.


    As an accredited provider of continuing education (CE), Children’s Hospital Association has a conflict of interest policy that requires everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any ineligible company. Any potential conflicts are mitigated so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced. No conflict of interest exists for any CE presenter or planning committee member related to the content of this educational activity.


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    In support of improving patient care, Children’s Hospital Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.


    For Physicians: Children's Hospital Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    For Nurses: Children's Hospital Association designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hour(s).

    For Pharmacists: Children’s Hospital Association designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 ACPE contact hour(s).


    Instructions for Completion:

    Criteria for successful completion of this educational activity includes confirmation of session(s) attendance and completion of program evaluation. A link to the online Evaluation and Verification of Attendance Survey will be emailed to participants. To receive a certificate of completion, attendees must complete the survey by November 2, 2022. Certificates will be emailed to non-CPE participants. Pharmacists may obtain a CPE Credit Certificate from their NABP e-Profile.

About This Event

Diagnostic stewardship is an essential component of high-quality sepsis care. The BrighT STAR (Testing STewardship to reduce Antimicrobial Resistance) Collaborative sought to safely avoid unnecessary testing and treatment in pediatric critical illness to improve care and decrease antibiotic resistance. Join us to learn the results of this five-year effort.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the importance of diagnostic stewardship related to blood culture practices in pediatric critical illness to prevent harmful overuse and improve patient outcomes.
  • Describe the BrighT STAR consensus recommendations for blood culture practices in pediatric critical care.
  • List key results of the collaborative related to blood culture stewardship in pediatric critical care.
  • Discuss strategies for successful multidisciplinary team implementation of BrighT STAR consensus guidelines.

Related materials

  • Woods-Hill, C. Z., Colantuoni, E. A., Koontz, D. W., Voskertchian, A., Xie, A., Thurm, C., ... & Zerr, D. M. (2022). Association of Diagnostic Stewardship for Blood Cultures in Critically Ill Children With Culture Rates, Antibiotic Use, and Patient Outcomes: Results of the Bright STAR Collaborative. JAMA pediatrics.
  • Woods-Hill, C. Z., Koontz, D. W., Voskertchian, A., Xie, A., Shea, J., Miller, M. R., ... & Milstone, A. M. (2021). Consensus recommendations for blood culture use in critically ill children using a modified Delphi approach. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 22(9), 774-784.

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