Meet-the-Professor Session:
14. Rapid Diagnostics for Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Thursday, October 3, 2013: 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 130-131 (Hall E)
Co-organized with the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe the rapid diagnostic platforms to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Clostridium difficile colonization and infections
  • discuss the clinical value of rapidly identifying MRSA, VRE and C. difficile in terms of patient outcomes, antimicrobial stewardship, and overall hospital costs
  • describe a model to integrate prompt diagnosis of bloodstream infection with antimicrobial stewardship

Target Audience: researchers, public health practitioners, microbiologists, members-in-training, investigators, infectious diseases physicians, infection preventionists, hospital epidemiologists, health care workers, fellows, epidemiologists, clinicians, academicians

Tracks: Epidemiology and Infection Control, Adult ID

Meet-the-professors:  Cassandra Salgado, MD, MS, Medical University of South Carolina and James Musser, MD, PhD, The Methodist Hospital System

CME Credits: Maximum of 1.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

ACPE Credits: No CPE credit is offered for this session.

ACPE Number:


C. Salgado, AHRQ: Investigator, Research grant

J. Musser, None

Findings in the abstracts are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. PST, Oct. 2nd with the exception of research findings presented at the IDWeek press conferences.