Concepts in Infectious Diseases – Part 1

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Course Credit: 1 hours

The focus of this module is to introduce some foundational concepts in the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents in the emergency department. Later Capsules modules will delve more into the treatment of specific conditions (e.g., pneumonia).

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the risks and benefits of antimicrobials for various infectious etiologies encountered in emergency medicine (sepsis, pharyngitis, urinary tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections)
  2. Identify which antimicrobials may be safely used in patients with a history of drug allergies (e.g., penicillin allergy)
  3. Describe the evidence behind techniques to optimize antimicrobial pharmacokinetics (e.g., vancomycin loading doses and prolonged infusions of beta-lactam antibiotics)
AuthorsAffiliationTwitter
Meghan Groth, PharmD, BCPSEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, UMass Memorial Medical Center@EMPharmgirl
Paul Takamoto, PharmDEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of California, San Francisco@ptakpharm
ReviewersAffiliationTwitter
PharmD Reviewer: Michelle Hines, PharmDFood and Drug Administration@mEDPharmD
PharmD Reviewer: Zlatan Coralic, PharmD, BCPSEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, University of California, San Francisco@ZEDPharm
Expert Reviewer: Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ IDInfectious Diseases Pharmacist, University of Maryland Medical Center@emilylheil
Editors
Emily Wiener, PharmDEmergency Medicine Pharmacist, Baltimore Washington Medical Center@PharmdEMily
Xander MillerP4 Pharmacy Student, Northeastern University/Pharmacy Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital@XanderBOS
Bryan Hayes, PharmD, FAACT, FASHP (Lead Editor)Emergency Medicine Pharmacist, Massachusetts General Hospital@PharmERToxGuy

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