Review of Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Infectious Diseases

Bacterial, viral and fungal infections are often clinically indistinguishable and cannot be managed appropriately without the aid of diagnostic tests. Molecular diagnostics are increasingly being used for the rapid and accurate establishment of a microbial cause of infections. Dr. Pablo Marcelo Laufer will discuss the importance of promptly diagnosing the infection, identifying the pathogen utilizing appropriate diagnostic tools available, and administering effective treatments in a timely fashion.

Target Audience

Pediatricians, Internists, Hospitalists, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists and related members of the hospital care team.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and effectively implement evidence-based tools to achieve timely diagnoses of common infectious diseases presenting in the pediatric emergency department.
  • Recognize when interferon gamma release assays (IGRA) are indicated to diagnose/rule out tuberculosis.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Grigorenko, E., Fisher, C., Patel, S., Winkelman, V., Williamson, P., Chancey, C., ... & Duncan, R. (2017). Highly Multiplex Real-Time PCR–Based Screening for Blood-Borne Pathogens on an OpenArray Platform. The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.
  • Liu, C. F., Shi, X. P., Chen, Y., Jin, Y., & Zhang, B. (2017). Rapid diagnosis of sepsis with TaqMan‐Based multiplex real‐time PCR. Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis.
  • Peeling, R. W., & Boeras, D. I. (2016). Diagnostic Innovation for Antimicrobial Resistance. AMR Control.
  • Collins, L. F., Geadas, C., & Ellner, J. J. (2016). Diagnosis of Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Too Soon to Pull the Plug on the Tuberculin Skin Test. Annals of internal medicine, 164(2), 122-124.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ABIM MOC
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
10/01/2017
Course expires: 
10/01/2019

Pablo Marcelo Laufer, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist
Baptist Hospital
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Pablo Marcelo Laufer, M.D., indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC 

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ABIM MOC
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
10/01/2017
Course expires: 
10/01/2019
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