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Pneumonia and Sepsis in Critical Care: Navigating a Complex Patient Diagnostic Workup

  • Authors: Marin H. Kollef, MD, FACP, FCCP; Debra A. Goff, PharmD, FIDSA, FCCP; Seth J. Koenig, MD
  • CME / CE Released: 5/23/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 5/23/2023
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  • Credits Available

    Physicians - maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    Nurses - 0.75 CABN Contact Hour(s) (0 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

    Pharmacists - 0.75 Knowledge-based ACPE (0.075 CEUs)

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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for clinicians who work in the specialties of critical care medicine, infectious disease, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, and pulmonary medicine, as well as pharmacists and nurses.

The goal of this activity is that learners will be better able to make a timely and accurate diagnosis for patients with pneumonia or sepsis.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Explore the role of multiplex panel testing in the management of critical care patients
  • Recognize key characteristics of available multiplex panel testing
  • Discuss emerging clinical evidence for the use of biomarkers in critical care patients
  • Use rapid diagnostic tests in patients with suspected pneumonia or sepsis


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  • Marin H. Kollef, MD, FACP, FCCP

    Professor of Medicine
    Virginia E. and Sam J. Golman Chair in Respiratory Intensive Care Medicine
    Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    Washington University School of Medicine
    Director, Critical Care Research
    Director, Respiratory Care Services
    Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Washington University
    St Louis, Missouri


    Advisor or consultant for: Merck; Pfizer; Shionogi

  • Debra Goff, PharmD, FIDSA, FCCP

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    The OSU College of Pharmacy
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    The Ohio State University 
    Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, Ohio 


    Grants for clinical research from: Merck; Pfizer
    Advisor or consultant for: BD; CARBX; MeMed; Opgen

  • Seth J. Koenig, MD

    Chief, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
    Kent Hospital
    Warwick, Rhode Island


    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Fuji SonoSite


  • Karen Badal, MD, MPH

    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Karen Badal, MD, MPH, has no relevant financial relationships.

Compliance Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has no relevant financial relationships.

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Presented through a collaboration between Society of Critical Care Medicine and Medscape Education.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

    For Physicians

  • The Society of Critical Care Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

    For Nurses

  • The Pneumonia and Sepsis in Critical Care: Navigating A Complex Patient Diagnostic Workup activity has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 8181, for up to 0.75 contact hours.

    For Pharmacists

  • The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity will provide 0.75 continuing education hours. (0236-9999-22-133-H01-P) For questions, contact SCCM at [email protected] or call 1-847-827-6869. 

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Pneumonia and Sepsis in Critical Care: Navigating a Complex Patient Diagnostic Workup

Authors: Marin H. Kollef, MD, FACP, FCCP; Debra A. Goff, PharmD, FIDSA, FCCP; Seth J. Koenig, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / CE Released: 5/23/2022

Valid for credit through: 5/23/2023


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