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Case study 1 – resolution

In this final step, we will examine the patient’s response in the days following her operation. On day 4 post-operation there were signs of respiratory compromise, with an increased respiratory …

What is sepsis?

In this video, Helen Pardoe discusses the definition of sepsis and why it is important that we understand what sepsis is. Part of the difficulty is that the definition of …

End of week summary

Well done for completing the third week of this course. We hope you have enjoyed this course. This week we covered the recent COVID-19 pandemic, how diagnostics were used during …

End of course summary

Congratulations on completing this course on procalcitonin as a biomarker for antimicrobial stewardship! On completion of this course, you should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of how PCT use …

How can we address these limitations?

In this video, Dr Marie Parsons and Helen Pardoe have a conversation about the limitations of PCT use. One limitation of the use of PCT may be the cost for …

Summarising the link between AMS and PCT

Dr Kordo Saeed discusses the impact of PCT on antimicrobial stewardship in clinical practice. Multi-drug resistance organisms pose a major threat to global health and this can be linked to …

End of week 2 summary

Congratulations on reaching the end of week 2. We hope you have found the course enjoyable and informative so far. This week you have studied two different cases on the …

Summary of the benefits and challenges

Most patients treated with sepsis are outside the intensive therapy unit (ITU). In the UK, PCT levels are recommended to be taken in the Emergency Department. This allows an early …

Controversies and limitations of PCT

In this video, Dr Kordo Saeed discusses the barriers and limitations of PCT. Several barriers may prevent PCT from being used as a stewardship tool such as availability, cost and …

Case study 2 – PCT outside of the ICU

Now we will introduce a second case study, this time focusing on the use of procalcitonin outside of the ICU. First, we will examine the introduction to the case, the …

How does AMS link to PCT?

The concept of procalcitonin-guided antimicrobial stewardship was first tested in Emergency Department (ED) patients with infection of the lower respiratory tract. As PCT remains low (undetected) in viral infection and …

End of week 1 summary

We hope you enjoyed the first week of this course on procalcitonin as a biomarker for antimicrobial stewardship. This week you have learnt about procalcitonin and other diagnostics. You have …

Welcome to week 2

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 …