Sepsis Update: Procalcitonin—Friend or Foe?

Recorded On: 11/03/2018

Because sepsis and septic shock are leading causes of intensive care unit admissions and both carry a high mortality rate, the timely and accurate diagnosis of sepsis is paramount in reducing morbidity and mortality. Procalcitonin (PCT) can be used to detect sepsis earlier in hospitalized patients and guide antibiotic therapy. This presentation will provide updates on the most current sepsis guidelines and describe the use of PCT in diagnosing sepsis and improving antibiotic stewardship by allowing earlier deescalation of antibiotic therapy. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to describe the pathophysiology of sepsis and PCT and describe the advantages of using PCT levels in patients with sepsis and septic shock.

Learning Outcomes 

After the session, attendees will be able to discuss how the use of procalcitonin measurements in sepsis and septic shock may improve antibiotic stewardship.

Patrick Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing

Patrick A. Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, is an assistant professor and the director of the adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's Cizik School of Nursing. He has been certified as an adult acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2005. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a nurse practitioner in pulmonary/critical care.

Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                       
This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Contact Hours: 1       
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*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

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