Optimizing Invasive Fungal Infection Diagnosis & Treatment
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Fungal infections are rampant throughout the world, causing an estimated one billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, and approximately one million deaths per year. For …
Fungal infections are rampant throughout the world, causing an estimated one billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, and approximately one million deaths per year. For most people, fungal infections are relatively minor, but some fungal infections are life-threatening. Those at greatest risk for life-threatening invasive fungal infections are people with weakened immune systems. As medicine advances, more people are being subjected to immunosuppression than ever before, causing an increase in invasive fungal infections (IFIs).Hospital Medicine Summit (HMS) is an innovative, multi-topic educational initiative designed specifically for hospital-based healthcare providers (hospitalists, internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and nurses). With significant changes occurring in the healthcare system, there is an increased demand on hospital-based healthcare providers to provide care that impacts patients not only in the acute setting, but as they transition back into the community and are managed in the chronic-care healthcare system.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:Identify challenges in the diagnosis of common IFIs and recognize clinical circumstances that require empirical treatmentReview the emerging patterns and underlying mechanisms of fungal resistanceDescribe current guideline recommendations for the treatment of IFIs
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