Procalcitonin: Industry Workshop at AACC 2019

71. AACC Annual Scientific Meeting from August 4-8, in Anaheim, California USA

Procalcitonin as a Tool in Antibiotic Stewardship in Hospitals:
How to Maximize Clinical and Economic Outcomes

  • Time: Tuesday, August 6, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hall, Theater 1
  • Supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Workshop overview

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. It is very important for hospitals to review the economic impact of improving testing turnaround times to determine when to start and stop antibiotic usage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the regulation and kinetics of Procalcitonin during sepsis and infection and the concept of Procalcitonin-aided antibiotic stewardship in sepsis and low respiratory tract infections.
  • Compare and contrast the costs and outcomes with PCT-aided antibiotic therapy decisions compared to standard care in specific published patient population studies.
  • Summarize the most impactful cost components and value drivers of PCT testing.

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Speaker: Michael R Broyles, BSPharm, RPh, PharmD

Dr. Broyles is Director of Clinical Pharmacy and Laboratory Services at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas Arkansas and has provided clinical and supervisory functions for over eighteen years. He has implemented an antibiotic monitoring and physician education program resulting in a 400% reduction in antibiotic expenditures per patient and a concurrent 250% reduction in length of stay.

Please come visit us at Booth #2110 to learn more about Procalcitonin.

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Further links on Procalcitonin (PCT) for US healthcare professionals

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