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Value of Diagnostics to Enhance Antimicrobial Stewardship

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To Participate

To participate in this continuing education activity:

  1. Review the activity description and objectives.
  2. View the activity.
  3. Complete the online post-test and activity evaluation.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes health‐system and infectious diseases pharmacists, including chief pharmacy officers and pharmacy directors. At the completion of this activity, the participant will be better able to:

  • State the primary goals of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP).
  • List the basic principles of diagnostic antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Describe the role of procalcitonin (PCT) in supporting antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Explain the uses, advantages and disadvantages of different types of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs).

Faculty

Ed Septimus, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Department of Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School & Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

CE Accreditation

Release Date: May 16, 2019
Expiration Date: May 16, 2020

Pharmacists

This activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and CIDRAP. ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-19-162-H01-P has been assigned to this home study knowledge-based activity (initial release date 5-16-19). This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. The activity is provided at no cost to participants. Participants must complete the online post-test and activity evaluation within 30 days of the activity to receive pharmacy CE credit. Statements of completion will be issued online at www.ProCE.com and proof of completion will be posted in NABP CPE Monitor profiles. No partial credit will be given.

Disclosure

It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants any significant financial interest or affiliation with companies that manufacture or market products discussed during their presentation. Dr. Septimus is a consultant for BioMérieux.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CE provider. The information and views presented in this activity are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include the use of drugs and/or devices for unlabeled indications, which should be considered experimental. Participants are advised to consult manufacturer product information and the professional literature, and use professional judgment in applying the presented information in patient-care activities.

Funding

This CE activity is supported by an educational grant from BioMérieux.

The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.