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Sepsis is a critical, life-threatening condition, which results in more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. The SepsisKnowFromDay1 podcast series, sponsored by bioMérieux, features panel discussions and presentations by experts in the fields of diagnostics, critical care, emergency medicine and infectious diseases in the diagnosis and management of this complex condition. Over the past decade, numerous scientific and clinical studies have investigated the use of a novel biomarker known as procalcitonin, or PCT, as a diagnostic test to aid in the assessment of sepsis. This series provides a forum for scientific exchange and the sharing of experiences to help in the understanding and management of patients suspected of having sepsis.

Diagnosis and Management of Sepsis: The Value of Biomarkers and Rapid Microbiology

This podcast features Dr. Robert A. Balk and is from his recent webinar titled, “Diagnosis and Management of Sepsis: The Value of Biomarkers and Rapid Microbiology.” Dr. Balk is the J. Bailey Carter MD Professor of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this podcast, Dr. Balk discusses the growing risk of sepsis and the value of procalcitonin as a useful biomarker for the rapid risk assessment of sepsis.

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Tale of Two Tests

Dr. Mark Oltermann, Director of the Medical ICU at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas speaks from his recent webinar titled, “The Tale of Two Tests; The role of Lactate and Procalcitonin in Sepsis Early Recognition. Dr. Oltermann discusses the best use of these valuable biomarkers in a hospital’s protocol for sepsis.

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One down, 49 to go; Repeating New York’s success and setting the goal for implementation of sepsis protocols in all 50 states

Dr. Carl Flatley, Founder of the Sepsis Alliance speaks in his recent webinar, “One down, 49 to go; Repeating New York’s success and setting the goal for implementation of sepsis protocols in all 50 states.” Dr. Flatley will discuss the tragedies that led to the State of New York mandating that all hospitals in the state must utilize evidence-based protocols for recognizing and treating sepsis. He will also talk about other states can take steps toward eradicating sepsis and saving lives.

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The Tools that Enable Early Sepsis Diagnosis & Risk Assessment in the ED

A graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Medical School, Dr. Stephen Haire is currently the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Pinellas County, Florida Medical Control Board

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New York Goes on Offense in the Fight Against Sepsis

Dr. Carl Flatley, Founder and former Chairman of The Sepsis Alliance, discusses the movement in New York to adopt “Rory’s Regulations,” new legislation that mandates all hospitals in the state adopt and practice an evidence-based protocol for sepsis. Dr. Flatley will discuss the tragedy that sparked the New York movement and what it means for healthcare providers in New York and across the United States.

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The Coming Sepsis Boom and How Procalcitonin Can Help

Part 2 of 2 featuring Dr. Mark Oltermann, M.D. director of the Medical ICU at John Peter Smith Hospital, a 430-bed level 1 trauma center in Fort Worth, Texas.  He discusses the coming sepsis boom and the available, but underutilized diagnostic tools that could advert it.

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The Coming Sepsis Boom and How Procalcitonin Can Help

Part 1 of 2 featuring Dr. Mark Oltermann, M.D. director of the Medical ICU at John Peter Smith Hospital, a 430-bed level 1 trauma center in Fort Worth, Texas.  He discusses the coming sepsis boom and the available, but underutilized diagnostic tools that could advert it.

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Procalcitonin Versus Lactate: The Pros and Cons of These Two Indicators of Sepsis

Part 2 of 2 featuring Dr. Charles Cairns, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Cairns discusses both PCT and Lactate as markers for sepsis and provides expert insight into their use. 

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Procalcitonin Versus Lactate: The Pros and Cons of These Two Indicators of Sepsis

Part 1 of 2 featuring Dr. Charles Cairns, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Cairns discusses both PCT and Lactate as markers for sepsis and provides expert insight into their use. 

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Raising Awareness of Sepsis – The Sepsis Alliance

Carl Flatley tells the personal stories that resulted in the foundation of the Sepsis Alliance and explains the organization’s mission to help save lives by increasing awareness of this deadly condition.

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Procalcitonin and Critical Care Nursing in the ED (Part 3)

This final episode with Kirsten Springer, RN, CCRN on the use of procalcitonin from the critical care nurse perspective in the ED contains the Q&A portion of her presentation.

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Procalcitonin and Critical Care Nursing in the ED (Part 2)

Part 2 of 3 featuring Kirsten Springer, RN, CCRN on the use of procalcitonin from the critical care nursing perspective. Includes why PCT is a useful biomarker; a case review; and information on a successful surviving sepsis campaign.

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Procalcitonin and Critical Care Nursing in the ED (Part 1)

Part 1 of 3 featuring Kirsten Springer, RN, CCRN, discusses the role of the critical care nurse in the ED, standardization of care practices, diagnosis, and important sepsis initiatives.

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Procalcitonin and Sepsis Risk Assessment:
Morton Plant Hospital Case Study (Part 3)

In the final of three episodes, member of Morton Plant Hospital conclude their discussion on the integration of procalcitonin by outlining how the hospital system adopted procalcitonin into their sepsis protocol.

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Procalcitonin and Sepsis Risk Assessment:
Morton Plant Hospital Case Study (Part 2)

In Part 2 of 3, the Morton Plant Hospital team how the decision is made to run a procalcitonin test based on the hospital’s sepsis alert protocol and how the test is used when a patient shows signs of potential infection and sepsis.

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PROCALCITONIN Podcast (Part 1)

This episode features members of Morton Plant Hospital discussing the integration of procalcitonin into the Florida-based hospital’s sepsis alert protocol. Perspectives from three stakeholders – critical care, nursing and clinical lab – are included.

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Welcome Sepsis: KnowFromDay1

The SepsisKnowFromDay1 podcast, sponsored by bioMerieux, is an educational series that provides a forum for scientific exchange and the sharing of experiences to help in the understanding and management of patients suspected of having sepsis.

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Videos

Watch the inspiring video of sepsis survivor Patricia Cragen and her family as they experience a once in a lifetime event at Strike Out Sepsis Day with the St. Louis Cardinals on August 31, 2015. Watch Video >

See highlights from the Second National Forum on Sepsis, held September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC, and learn more about the Rory Staunton Foundation’s initiatives to raise awareness and knowledge about sepsis. Watch Video >

Downloads

  • VIDAS® B•R•A•H•M•S PCT™ for the Clinician - Download
  • Procalcitonin: A Novel Biomarker for Bacterial Infections and Sepsis - Download
  • Procalcitonin Over Time - Download
  • Blood Culture: A Key Investigation for Diagnosis of Bloodstream Infections - Download Now

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