Antibiotic Therapy in the ICU: what nurses should know

The basics of antibiotic management for critical care nurses

1 CPD Points, 1 CEUs, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Providers: CPDUK, CBRN, EB Medicine

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Prof Stijn Blot help_outline
Research Professor at Ghent University, Belgium
Lecture Summary

Critically ill patients are at high risk for developing a life-threatening infection such as bloodstream infection or pneumonia. These infections might lead to sepsis and multiple organ failure. Adequate antimicrobial therapy is essential to optimize the chances of survival. Three key issues in this regard are (i) a first antimicrobial dose administered as soon as possible after the onset of the septic episode, (ii) an empiric antimicrobial spectrum covering the causative pathogens, and (iii) adequate dosing. However, efficient dosing is problematic because of pathophysiological changes associated with critical illness affects the pharmacokinetics of mainly hydrophilic antimicrobials. And the preparation and administration of antibiotics may also negatively impact the efficiency of therapy. Therefore nurses must be aware of some points of interest in order to optimize antibiotic therapy.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the essential pillars of antimicrobial therapy
  • Understand why and how these pillars affect survival
  • Describe the basics of pharmacodynamics of antimicrobial agents in sepsis
  • Apply insights in pharmacodynamics to optimise antimicrobial therapy
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 2023

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

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Earning Credit

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