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Welcome to the course

Dr Kordo Saeed welcomes learners to the course and highlights the topics to be covered over the next 3 weeks.
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Hello, everyone. I’m Kordo Saeed. I’m a physician and a consultant clinical microbiologist at the University Hospital in Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust. I’m also an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton School of Medicine. I’m a member of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and the chair for the Rapid Diagnostics and Biomarker Working Group of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. I’m delighted to introduce you to this open online course on Procalcitonin a biomarker for antimicrobial stewardship, which will be developed by colleagues with real life experiences in day to day clinical use of Procalcitonin in collaboration with BSAC. It will add to BSAC’s other online courses and educational resources, which are free to access globally.
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I genuinely hope that it will be beneficial to day to day clinical practice. I wish you all the best, and enjoy the course.

Welcome to this course on Procalcitonin as a biomarker for antimicrobial stewardship. This course has been developed by experts in the field of infection.

Over the next 3 weeks we will explore different diagnostics, in particular procalcitonin and their uses within antimicrobial stewardship. Through case studies, we will look at the use of procalcitonin inside and outside of the ICU and we will discuss the use of procalcitonin in the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, we will examine the limitations and barriers of procalcitonin.

In the first week we will introduce diagnostics and discuss what tools you might have used. We explore procalcitonin and its benefits specifically. We will then introduce antimicrobial stewardship and how this is relevant to procalcitonin. By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • Be able to describe the role of diagnostics, in particular procalcitonin
  • Understand the importance of antimicrobial stewardship and the role procalcitonin plays in it

A glossary for this course can be found in the downloads section below.

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Enjoy

We hope you find this course useful and enjoy learning about procalcitonin! We value your input and encourage you to let us know your opinions in the comments as you go along.

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