CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION INFORMATION
Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia: The Emergency Department as a Pivotal Point of Care
 
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Last Reviewed: November 15, 2013
Expiration Date: December 17, 2014
Time to Complete Activity: 1.5 hours
 
FACULTY
Gregory Moran, MD, FACEP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Department of Emergency Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Sylmar, CA
 
Charles V. Pollack Jr, MA, MD, FACEP
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
Pennsylvania Hospital                                                                                                                                                               
Philadelphia, PA
 
TARGET AUDIENCE
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of emergency medicine physicians, other emergency medicine professionals, critical care specialists, and hospitalists, as well as other healthcare practitioners involved in the treatment of infections in the hospital setting.
 
STATEMENT OF NEED
During this interactive enduring CME activity, (Emergency Department) specialists will discuss common challenges of managing patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP), including the integration of newer agents into the standard anti-infective mix. Decisions made at this pivotal point of care can affect both patient outcomes and hospital financial health. One or more “real-world” cases will be used to demonstrate strategies for stratifying risk according to severity; recognizing risk factors for multidrug-resistant CABP; discerning indications for hospital admission; and initiating early and appropriate antibiotic treatment within the parameters of clinical guidelines, evolving performance measures, and sound clinical judgment.
 
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Incorporate clinical risk-assessment tools and evidence-based processes of care when managing patients with CABP in the ED
  • Describe novel, evidence-based strategies to ensure appropriate initial empiric antibiotic treatment of CABP
FACULTY DISCLOSURES
In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, faculty and contributors are asked to disclose any relationships with commercial interests associated with the area of medicine featured in the activity. These relationships are described below.
 
Gregory Moran, MD, FACEP
Speaker: Forest Laboratories, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.
Grant/Research Support: AstraZeneca; Forest Laboratories, Inc.
 
Charles V. Pollack Jr, MA, MD, FACEP
Consultant: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Pfizer Inc.
 
Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC staff members have no financial conflicts to disclose.
 
Independent peer reviewer has no financial conflicts to disclose.
 
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DESIGNATION STATEMENT
Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 1.50 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

DISCLOSURE OF COMMERCIAL SUPPORT
Supported by an educational grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc.
 
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