Student The Royal Veterinary College Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Sepsis is the result of a severe infection that can lead to a marked systemic inflammatory reaction. Even though sepsis has been heavily researched over the last number of decades, its overall mortality rates have not significantly improved in either human or veterinary patients. Previous studies have shown that the timely identification of sepsis and rapid implementation of appropriate therapy is paramount to the success of treatment. Having a test that could provide reliable diagnostic and prognostic information in septic patients would be highly valuable. Previous studies have shown that increased procalcitonin (PCT) concentrations strongly correlate with mortality in septic patients. It has also been suggested that PCT can be used to monitor septic patients’ response to treatment and can guide antimicrobial therapy. Next generation sequencing is another potential way to identify infecting pathogens in the blood and confirm the diagnosis of septic patients.
Veterinarians will learn about the importance of the rapid diagnosis of sepsis and the current methods used to achieve this diagnosis
Veterinarians will learn about biomarkers and how they could be used to achieve a rapid diagnosis of sepsis
Veterinarians will be presented with previous studies on the use of procalcitonin measurement in sepsis and novel ways to utilize this assay to monitor treatment