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Procalcitonin: PCT as a Biomarker for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Learn about the clinical properties of procalcitonin, and discover its benefits in diagnostics and antimicrobial stewardship.

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Procalcitonin: PCT as a Biomarker for Antimicrobial Stewardship

1,611 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Advanced level

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Explore the various uses and benefits of PCT within the medical field

Procalcitonin (PCT) is a crucial biomarker in clinical diagnostics. Its wide usage in diagnosing infections and sepsis saves lives every day. Discover its various usage, benefits, and even its limitations on this course, that connects procalcitonin to antimicrobial stewardship.

Discover the benefits of procalcitonin in the ICU

Even in some of the most challenging areas of the medical field, PCT is used every day. Discover the benefits of procalcitonin in and out of ICU.

Learn about the connection between procalcitonin and COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the world. This course will explore the benefits of using procalcitonin with COVID patients, to bring you a modern and up-to-date education.

What are the limitations and controversies of procalcitonin?

This course also addresses the controversies and limitations associated with procalcitonin. Discover the other side of this biomarker, not just its benefits. After this course, you’ll be familiar with how it should be used in your practice.

Learn why procalcitonin is crucial in antimicrobial stewardship

This course will let you learn about the connection between procalcitonin and antimicrobial stewardship. Find out how PCT can benefit AMS practices and ensure antimicrobials are used appropriately to avoid antimicrobial resistance.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Procalcitonin and Antimicrobial Stewardship

    • Welcome to the course

      Introduction to the course and educators, and an opportunity to introduce yourself to other learners.

    • Introducing Procalcitonin

      An introduction to diagnostics tools, in particular procalcitonin.

    • Antimicrobial Stewardship

      An introduction to antimicrobial stewardship and how it is relevant to the use of procalcitonin.

    • End of week 1

      End of week quiz to test your knowledge and a summary of topics covered in week 1.

  • Week 2

    Procalcitonin use in clinical settings

    • Using Procalcitonin in Intensive Care

      This activity looks at the use of PCT in the ICU setting, particularly in sepsis patients and reviews a relevant case study.

    • Using Procalcitonin outside of Intensive Care

      Looking at a second case study, this activity will review the use of PCT outside of the ICU.

    • End of week 2

      End of week quiz to test your knowledge and a summary of topics covered in week 2.

  • Week 3

    Challenging situations and Procalcitonin use

    • Procalcitonin and COVID-19

      This activity looks at the recent COVID-19 pandemic and how PCT has been a useful diagnostic tool during this time.

    • Addressing the controversies and limitations of Procalcitonin

      The barriers, controversies and limitations of PCT are discussed in this activity.

    • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Procalcitonin

      This final activity summarises the role PCT can play in antimicrobial stewardship and how you can begin to use it in your practice.

    • End of course

      Congratulations, you have completed the course! Test your knowledge with an end of week quiz and a summary of the topics covered in the course.

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Pathologists:

The RCPath is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology. This course has been approved by The Royal College of Pathologists at a level of 3 credits.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what biomarkers and procalcitonin are
  • Summarise the use of procalcitonin in sepsis, the ICU, and outside the ICU
  • Describe the benefits of using procalcitonin in COVID-19 cases
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how procalcitonin use can benefit antimicrobial stewardship
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of procalcitonin and assess how it should be used in your practice

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at clinicians who want to know more about diagnostics and the uses of procalcitonin within the medical field.

Health care professionals, laboratory workers, and researchers will also find useful information here about PCT as a biomarker.

Who will you learn with?

Consultant clinical microbiologist, passionate about infection prevention & control, antibiotic stewardship and management of bone and joint infections.

I have been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon since 2003 providing care to both elective and emergency patients. I have a passion for improving patient outcomes, particularly those suffering with sepsis

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Aneurin Bevan UHB
Honorary Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Cardiff University
Interested in sepsis, biomarkers and long-term outcomes

Who developed the course?


Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is committed to addressing the growing threat of drug resistant infections around the world.

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