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Finding Needles in the Haystack – How the PCR BioFire GI Panel Impacts the Care of Infants and Children Presenting with Diarrhea

Saturday, October 9th, 2021

12:30PM - 1:00PM CDT

via Virtual

Session Outline:

Infectious diarrhea and gastroenteritis remain a significant cause of illness among infants and children. Dehydration resulting from gastroenteritis is a leading contributor to emergency care visits and hospitalizations. Rapid identification of bacterial, viral, and parasitic causes of diarrhea can significantly improve healthcare delivery to children in ambulatory and inpatient settings. This presentation will review the BioFire® FilmArray® Gastrointestinal (GI) Panel and provide illustrative pediatric cases to highlight the utility of a syndrome-based multiplex PCR approach to diagnosis. The presentation will discuss the BioFire GI Panel regarding antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention issues, and the impact on overall medical expenses.

Featured Speaker:

Michael E. Watson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Dr. Watson is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He studied Medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia, earning his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and stayed at Washington University for a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. He is the Fellowship Program Director and Education Lead for the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His scholarly interests include improving medical education and conducting basic science research on bacterial infections of children, specifically Group A Streptococcal infections.


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Continuing Education Opportunity

2 P.A.C.E.® credits available to attendees.

BioFire Diagnostics is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. P.A.C.E.® is a registered trademark of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.​