What you'll learn

  • Recognize the kinetics and biology of procalcitonin (PCT), including nonbacterial etiologies of procalcitonin elevation
  • Examine the evidence supporting procalcitonin algorithms for guiding antibiotic therapy in patients with suspected respiratory infections
  • Analyze the evidence supporting procalcitonin algorithms for guiding antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients with suspected sepsis

Course description

This HMS CME Online course is 1 of 7 course modules in the Trending topics in Internal Medicine program, which is targeted to primary care and specialty physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Learners may register for each course module in the program separately.

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Course outline

  • Procalcitonin in Diagnosing Bacterial Infection: Ready for Prime-Time? is organized as follows:

    Procalcitonin in Diagnosing Bacterial Infection
    Procalcitonin Overview, Biology, and Accuracy
    Case 1: Respiratory Infections
    Case 2: Sepsis
    The Future of Procalcitonin Use 

    CME Posttest

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Medical School

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