Quick Identification of Causative Agents and Resistance Patterns in Pediatric Patients with Bacteremia/Sepsis
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
12:30PM - 1:00PM CDT
Pediatric bacteremia and sepsis are life-threatening conditions that require prompt recognition. Typically, patients are treated initially with broad-spectrum agents until blood culture identification reveals a pathogen with subsequent resistance patterns. Timely initiation of appropriately targeted therapy would result in optimized patient outcomes as well as stewardship of available agents. We will discuss how the BioFire® Blood Culture Identification 2 Panel can be utilized in pediatric patients with bacteremia and sepsis to quickly identify infectious agents and resistance characteristics of those pathogens.
Charlotte V. Hobbs, M.D.
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Dr. Hobbs is a Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and an attending physician at Children’s of Mississippi. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at New York University/Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York, NY. She was then awarded a position in NIAID’s Transition Program in Clinical Research as an Assistant Clinical Investigator in the Laboratory for Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology. During her 5 years at the NIH, she investigated the immunological and pharmacological effects of HIV drugs in animal and in vitro models of malaria infection as well as through clinical studies in Lilongwe, Malawi and Rakai District, Uganda. Currently, she continues work in this vein with collaborators at NIH. In parallel to this work, she is conducting epidemiologic studies in Mississippi, performing surveillance in children for soil-transmitted helminth infections, in collaboration with the CDC, and maintains a research lab with this focus with CDC-trained microscopists and technicians. She has published surveillance data for these infections in children from various high risk areas within the state, and also works to provide education to providers and patient populations regarding awareness of these infections. In addition, with the COVID-19 pandemic, she has initiated pediatric safety studies in schools and seroepidemiologic studies which have had significant impact on school re-opening guidelines. Dr. Hobbs works with Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mississippi State Department of Health as well as with the UMMC Center for Telehealth to provide Pediatric COVID education also for providers throughout the state. Overall, her work aims to benefit children from resource limited settings, as parasitic infections such as soil-transmitted helminths and malaria occur more frequently in these settings, in addition to her work in pediatric COVID-19.
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Continuing Education Opportunity
2 P.A.C.E.® credits available to attendees.
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