Studies have demonstrated that timely administration of appropriate antibiotics reduces mortality in patients with severe sepsis. Proper selection of antibiotics that provide broad coverage and adequate dosing to achieve therapeutic concentrations are essential to positive outcomes. A team-based approach to protocol-initiated antibiotics, including a representative from pharmacy, can optimize time-to-antibiotic and appropriate selection and dosing, thereby improving patient care.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) webcast, Antibiotics and Sepsis: Appropriate Timing and Dosage, will take place on August 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Diana Wells, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeffrey Fish, PharmD, BCPS, will provide evidence and case-based information to achieve early and optimal impact from antimicrobial agents in sepsis patients. At the conclusion of this webcast, participants should be able to:
- Summarize literature that supports appropriate choice and timing of antibiotics in sepsis
- Using a patient case, develop an antimicrobial dosing regimen to achieve early and optimal exposure to appropriate antimicrobial agents
- Recognize patient factors that may affect antibiotic dosing for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock
This event, part of SCCM’s Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) webcast series, provides strategies for successful application of the SSC guidelines. This webcast was developed in collaboration with the SCCM Pharmacy Section. An initiative of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and SCCM, the SSC aims to improve the management, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in order to reduce its high mortality rate.