Back to the Future: Rapid Diagnostic Technologies in Infectious Diseases

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-17-004-H04-P
Activity Date: April 27, 2017
Expiration Date: April 27, 2020
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit   
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-member – N/A  

Accreditation for Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for pharmacists to help prepare them for the rapidly changing landscape of rapid diagnostics and antimicrobial stewardship.

Activity Overview

The morbidity and mortality associated with infections due to antibiotic resistant pathogens continues to rise despite considerable attention and progress in this area. Time to appropriate antibiotic therapy is arguably the single most important predictor of mortality in patients with sepsis. Despite the advent of rapid diagnostic technologies, these platforms still require considerable manpower and time to validate, implement, and optimize. The future of infectious disease care will soon be revolutionized by fully automated microbiological systems and point-of-care diagnostics, including virtually instant pathogen identification and susceptibility results. It is imperative for all pharmacists, regardless of specialty area, to understand these technologies and embrace them so that we may help to optimize the treatment of patients with infectious diseases. This activity will provide an update on new rapid diagnostic strategies and how they apply to infectious diseases treatment and antimicrobial stewardship.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify new point-of-care tests in the field of infectious diseases.
  • Explain how these technologies could be implemented into a health-system and an ASP. 

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Discuss technology and strategy updates.
  • Use patient case studies to describe improvements in diagnosis.

Faculty Information

  • Karri A. Bauer, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-ID), Research Scientific Director, Infectious Diseases, Merck Research Labs, Galena, OH
  • Mike Klepser, Pharm.D., FCCP, Professor, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Kalamazoo, MI


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, ASHP requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships. A person has a relevant financial relationship if the individual of his or her spouse/partner has a financial relationship (e.g. employee, consultant, research grant recipient, speakers bureau, or stockholder) in any amount occurring the in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services may be discussed in the educational activity content over which the individual has control. The existence of these relationships is provided for the information of participants and should not be assumed to have an adverse impact on the content.

In keeping with this requirement, ASHP ask that all faculty, advisory board members, planning committee members, content development consultants, and staff complete a disclosure form for each program in which they are involved. Anyone who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships must be disqualified from any involvement with a continuing pharmacy education activity.

  • Faculty, planner, ASHP Staff and consultants report no relevant financial relationships pertinent to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of recorded faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the entire activity and complete all the required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts to claim and view or print the statement of credit immediately or within 60 days of completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned.

System Technical Requirements

System Requirements Courses and learning activities are delivered via your Web browser and Acrobat PDF.  Users should have a basic comfort level using a computer and navigating web sites.

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