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“The Diagnosis & Monitoring of Sepsis: Lactate & Beyond”

Radiometer and acutecaretesting.org* present…“The Diagnosis & Monitoring of Sepsis: Lactate & Beyond”

Sepsis threatens the lives of over 27 million people each year worldwide. Inappropriate or delayed treatment allows for disease progression to severe sepsis, septic shock and ultimately to 8 million deaths per year. Recent efforts to reduce mortality have focused on generating definitions of sepsis and related conditions and establishing guidelines for early identification and implementation of goal-directed (individualized) therapy. Despite this, the incidence of sepsis has increased significantly in the U.S. with hospitalizations and related costs doubling over the last 10 years.

Rapid diagnosis of sepsis is paramount to reduce mortality. This webinar will summarize current guidelines for sepsis diagnosis and management with a focus on the role of laboratory testing including lactate. It will discuss the utility of lactate in both diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis, including the pre-analytical and analytical requirements for accurate testing. The webinar will also include a brief discussion of the most promising emerging biomarkers and diagnostic strategies in sepsis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the most recent definitions and guidelines for monitoring sepsis
  2. Assess the role of the laboratory testing in the diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis
  3. Discuss the importance of accurate lactate testing in the septic patient
  4. Review novel approached to diagnosis and treatment of sepsis

Presenter: Alison Woodworth, PhD, DABCC, FACB  |  Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine  |   University of Kentucky Medical Center

Target Audience: Laboratorians, Point of care coordinators, Respiratory therapists, Nurses

Continuing education information:  One P.A.C.E. credit-hour will be provided for this session

This session is approved for 1 Florida CE credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel approved number: 50-12563

Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.

Questions should be directed to Radiometer

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