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Evaluating Practices in the Treatment of HABP/VABP

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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.

Note: If you attended the live CE activity AND received CE credit (i.e. a nurse or physician CE certificate, or pharmacist CE statement of credit with ACPE UAN 0221-9999-19-435-L01-P), you are NOT allowed to also receive credit for this home-study on-demand web activity.


A product of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Education Center (SIDPEC) 

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Activity Description

Infectious diseases practice is undergoing significant change in the management of nosocomial bacterial pneumonia. Categorized as HABP (hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia) or VABP (ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia), rapidly evolving drug resistance has had profound implications on disease progression and mortality. Rising threats from multi-drug resistant organisms, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has created a need for thoughtful stewardship and use of combination antibiotics most likely to provoke a meaningful response. This activity will discuss the prevention and treatment of HABP/VABP for clinical and infectious diseases pharmacists. Special attention will be given to available and emerging treatment options, along with pertinent patient considerations and monitoring strategies.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes pharmacists, nurses and physicians. At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe key guideline-based recommendations for adults with hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia.
  • Discuss the latest antimicrobial treatment strategies for managing patients with pneumonia caused by multi-drug resistant organisms.
  • Explain strategies and resources for managing patients with unique clinical scenarios (such as renal impairment) using new and old antibiotics.
  • Identify strategies to incorporate underutilized antimicrobial stewardship concepts into routine clinical practice.


Rachel Bystritsky, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
University of California, School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy
San Francisco, CA

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 9-4-2019
Expiration Date: 11-1-2020


This activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. ProCE, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-19-435-H01-P has been assigned to this home study knowledge-based activity. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours (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 to receive pharmacy CE credit. No partial credit will be given. Statements of completion will be issued online at, and proof of completion will be posted in NABP CPE Monitor profiles.


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. This activity provides 1.0 contact hour of nurse CE credit.

Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


CME credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and ProCE, Inc. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this on-demand/enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Criteria for Success: Statements of credit will be awarded based on the participant’s attendance and submission of the activity evaluation form. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form. If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact AKH Inc. at


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. and AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity and may include any of or combination of the following: attestation to non-commercial content; notification of independent and certified CME/CE expectations; referral to National Author Initiative training; restriction of topic area or content; restriction to discussion of science only; amendment of content to eliminate discussion of device or technique; use of other author for discussion of recommendations; independent review against criteria ensuring evidence support recommendation; moderator review; and peer review.
Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN - AKH Director of Accreditations and AKH planners and reviewers have no financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Katherine Gruenberg has no relevant commercial or financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Rachel Bystritsky has no relevant commercial or financial relationships to disclose.


This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product
This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck.


Instructions for Participation and Credit:
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity please consult your professional licensing board.

This activity was designed to be completed within the time designated; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, you must complete an online post-test and evaluation.

Follow these steps to earn CME credit:
1. Read the target audience, learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
2. Study the educational content online
3. Online, choose the best answer to each posttest question. Complete the evaluation.
4. Print your certificate online

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.