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When bacterial respiratory infection or sepsis are suspected, early intervention with appropriate antibiotic therapy is critical to outcomes. At the same time, reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics is important for minimizing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker that is playing an increasingly important role in helping clinicians identify patients with bacterial infections at risk for developing sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, and aiding in managing their therapy.
In this webinar, Dr. Philipp Schuetz will discuss the clinical use of biomarkers, including PCT, in managing bacterial respiratory infection and sepsis, while supporting antibiotic stewardship.
After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Understand the regulation and kinetics of Procalcitonin during sepsis and infection.
- Understand strengths and limitations of traditional parameters and novel markers such as Procalcitonin as an aid in the diagnostic work-up of patients with suspicion of infection.
- Understand the concept of Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic stewardship for sepsis in the ICU and for respiratory tract infections in the Emergency Department and medical wards.
Philipp Schuetz, MD, MPH
Dr. Schuetz, a co-author of the MOSES study, is chief physician of endocrinology, diabetes, clinical nutrition, and internal medicine at University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland.
- Registration covers one phone line and one computer connection for the webinar.
- Several business days prior to the webinar, AACC will e-mail instructions to the registrant on how to participate, including a phone number to call to listen to the audio portion of the webinar and a URL where you can log in for the visual portion of the webinar.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
AACC designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 ACCENT® credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education (CE) for clinical laboratory scientists licensed in states that require documentation of CE, including California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. ACCENT® credit is also recognized by several organizations: AAB, ABCC, ACS, AMT, ASCLS, ASCP, ASM, CAP, IFCC, and NRCC.
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Information for attendees outside of the United States
If you are outside of the U.S., we recommend that you listen to the webinar via your computer speakers. If for some reason the webinar is not being broadcast over your computer speakers, and you do have high-speed internet and a Skype* subscription on your computer, you can use Skype for the phone portion of the webinar as a way to avoid charges from your phone company. Just call in to the US number using Skype.
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