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Welcome to week 2

Video from Helen Pardoe welcoming learners to week 2 and explaining content that will be covered this week.
Welcome to week two of the course, Procalcitonin: a Biomarker for Antimicrobial Stewardship. One of the common causes of sepsis is an acute abdominal emergency causing peritonitis. For example, acute appendicitis or a perforated gastric ulcer. We know that for every hour of delay in getting to theatre, the mortality rate increases by 6%. After surgery, our patients will go to the intensive therapy unit and there they will receive intensive treatment to correct end organ damage as a result of the sepsis. In the course this week, hopefully you will increase your understanding of the pathophysiology of sepsis. And there is also a particular focus on the use of procalcitonin in the intensive therapy unit. Enjoy.

Welcome to the second week of this course on procalcitonin and its use as a diagnostic.

Last week, we discussed diagnostics, in particular procalcitonin, and the benefits they have. We also explored the use of procalcitonin in antimicrobial stewardship.

This week we will explore case studies which highlight the use of procalcitonin inside and outside of the ICU. The importance of understanding sepsis will also be explored throughout the week.

We hope you enjoy this week.

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Procalcitonin: PCT as a Biomarker for Antimicrobial Stewardship

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