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Sepsis Awareness

Using Procalcitonin For Assessing Risk Over Time

In the ICU, in the Emergency Department, in patient wards — VIDAS® B•R•A•H•M•S PCT™ (Procalcitonin) can aid in sepsis risk assessment and deliver key data related to bacterial infection severity, at initial presentation and over the course of treatment.

In treating sepsis, The first hour can be critical and the First 24 can be decisive.

Sepsis can be extremely difficult to diagnose because its primary symptoms mimic the symptoms of several other critical care conditions, including myocardial infarction, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism and other high-morbidity conditions. And because of the aggressive nature of sepsis, diagnosing and initiating treatment of this infection needs to happen as soon as possible. Access to specific information may increase the accuracy of sepsis diagnostics during the critical early stages.

PCT Kinetics Over Time Provide Valuable Information

In managing critically ill patients, serial measurements over multiple days can support assessment of that patient's response to therapy. As the infection is controlled, PCT will decline daily.

The need for more effective strategies to help manage sepsis is urgent

This site was developed to increase awareness and share knowledge related to the use of Procalcitonin and other testing techniques and systems that can be used in diagnosing, treating and managing sepsis.


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 >


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  • 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