JAN 21, 2021 10:00 AM PST
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Applications of Procalcitonin-aided Decision Making for Antibiotic Stewardship in Emergency Care

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  • Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Department and Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship at the University of California-Davis
    Biography

      Larissa May, MD, MSPH, MSHS - Dr. Larissa May is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Department and Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship at the University of California-Davis. She is a national expert in antibiotic stewardship in the emergency department (ED).  Dr. May received her M.D. (2002), her MSPH in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases (2008), and her MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research (2013) from The George Washington University.  She completed her residency training at the George Washington University in 2006, where she served as a chief resident. Dr. May’s research interests center on the application of rapid molecular diagnostic assays, behavioral economics and clinical guidelines to improve antibiotic stewardship and other patient safety and quality improvement efforts in the ED and urgent care setting. Dr. May has served as an investigator on multiple federally-funded and industry-funded trials evaluating antimicrobial stewardship strategies in the ED and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in her field.  She has also served on numerous committees and task forces focused on antibiotic stewardship, emergency preparedness, and infectious diseases surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and professional organizations including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.


    Abstract

    Date:  January 21, 2021

    Time: 10:00am PST

     

    Procalcitonin (PCT) is an invaluable marker to help assess the presence or absence of bacterial infection and can be used as an aid in antibiotic therapy for patients with suspected or confirmed lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI). This presentation reviews the utility of PCT in the emergency department and describes its role in helping identify patients with bacterial infections at risk for developing sepsis and aiding in management of their therapy. Join Dr. Larissa May, MD, MSPH, MSHS as she discusses the regulation and kinetics of PCT during infection and the evidence of PCT as a valuable tool in aiding antibiotic stewardship.

     

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss Procalcitonin as a biomarker to help distinguish viral versus bacterial infection
    • Review the literature supporting PCT's role in antimicrobial stewardship management and patient outcomes in various clinical settings
    • Discuss opportunities and challenges of implementing PCT in emergency care settings

     

     

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