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Optimizing Antimicrobial Therapy with Timeouts

This CME activity provides a practical approach to performing “Antibiotic Timeouts” in the inpatient setting while using short, didactic sessions, we will provide examples on how to reassess antibiotic therapy started empirically using clinical, laboratory, and microbiological data along with interactive inpatient cases that illustrate the timeout process and the principles of appropriate use of antimicrobials.

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Optimizing Antimicrobial Therapy with Timeouts

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Optimizing Antimicrobial Therapy with Timeouts

This CME activity provides a practical approach to performing “Antibiotic Timeouts” in the inpatient setting while using short, didactic sessions, we will provide examples on how to reassess antibiotic therapy started empirically using clinical, laboratory, and microbiological data along with interactive inpatient cases that illustrate the timeout process and the principles of appropriate use of antimicrobials.

Optimizing Antimicrobial Therapy with Timeouts
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Starts Feb 6

About this course

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Internet Enduring Material provided by Stanford University School of Medicine (CME). Presented by The Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine

Antibiotic misuse is widespread and has dire patient and public health consequences. National organizations, including the CDC and the Joint Commission, advocate for a formal “Antibiotic Timeout” to reassess empiric antibiotics 48-72 hours after their initiation. During this Timeout, clinicians should answer the following questions: Does the patient have an infection that will respond to antibiotics? If so, is the patient on the right antibiotic(s) and is it being administered in the correct dose and by the correct route and (in the case of intravenous therapy) duration of infusion? Can a more targeted antibiotic regimen be used to treat the infection (i.e., de-escalation)? For how long should the antibiotic(s) be administered?

This CME activity provides a practical approach to performing “Antibiotic Timeouts” in the inpatient setting. Using short, didactic sessions, we will provide examples on how to reassess antibiotic therapy started empirically using clinical, laboratory, and microbiological data. The majority of this CME will be high-yield, interactive inpatient cases covering skin and soft tissue infections, pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and neutropenic fever, that illustrate the timeout process and the principles of appropriate use of antimicrobials.

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians from a wide variety of specialties including cardiology, critical care, family practice, general surgery, hospitalists, infectious diseases, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, and urology, as well as pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA)
Stanford Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
Stanford Medicine designates this knowledge-based activity for a maximum of 2 hours. Credit will be provided to NABP CPE Monitor within 60 days after the activity completion.

If you would like to earn CE credit from Stanford University School of Medicine for participating in this course, please review the information here prior to beginning the activity.

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  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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  • Describe the principles and shortcomings of empiric antibiotic therapy.
  • Routinely conduct all steps of the antibiotic timeout, in accordance with CDC guidelines on antibiotic stewardship.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of empirically prescribes antibiotics.
  • Indicate the planned duration of antibiotic therapy.

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