Kurin, Inc. announces clinical study results of the Kurin Lock™ blood culture initial specimen diversion device at the APIC Annual Conference
Published: Jun 13, 2018
The director of infection prevention at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jared Sutton, MPH, CIC, presented data from a 9-month study of 4,200 blood cultures collected by their phlebotomy and emergency department teams. During the trial, in which Kurin was employed for only 50% of all blood culture collections, the overall contamination rate inclusive of cultures taken both with and without Kurin, dropped by 54% from 2.5% to 1.2%, a statistically significant decline. When limiting the analysis to collections for which Kurin was used, there was only one contamination, which equates to approximately a 90% decrease in the contamination rate. The hospital estimates that each false positive blood culture adds $7,500 in costs, so implementing Kurin would save the hospital over $500,000 annually, after the cost of the product.
Sutton and colleagues reported, “This study focuses on total blood culture contaminants, and not just vacutainer collections. Without stratification, the mentioned results are what a user could expect to reproduce in a 'real world' scenario.”
Bob Rogers, CEO of Kurin, said, “As we have seen elsewhere, this study is additional confirmation that effective diversion of skin contaminants can be accomplished with approximately 0.15ml of blood waste and without requiring clinicians to change their standard practice. The accumulating data proves that Kurin can help hospitals prevent blood culture contamination, even in fast-paced EDs.”
About Kurin, Inc.
Kurin Corporation, a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), is focused on the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of products that help healthcare providers reduce contaminated blood cultures. Kurin, manufactured in San Diego, CA, has received FDA 510(k) market clearance. For more information about Kurin, visit the website at www.kurin.com.
Matt Heindel, 858-752-9514
Source: Kurin Inc.