Antibiotics in the Critically Ill

Category: Emergency Club


Duana McBride

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About The Webinar

Appropriate antibiotic use can be life saving in our critically ill patients. However, inappropriate use
can lead to increase in morbidity and mortality. This lecture will cover why antibiotic use can be
challenging in the critically ill, considering pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles. We
will walk through a step by step decision making process for appropriate antibiotics prescriptions,
focusing on key elements of the critically ill patient. One of the major risk factors for the critically ill
patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) is hospital acquired infections and multidrug resistant
infections, therefore we will cover how to best prevent these complications, and what should be
done if hospital acquired or multidrug resistant infections do occur. Common and challenging
infections in the ICU such as respiratory, cardiac, urinary and gastrointestinal tracts will also be
covered to answer any challenges you may face in the critically ill patient.

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