CME - Infectious Diseases: Adult Issues in the Outpatient and Inpatient Settings

Venue: Hyatt Sarasota on Sarasota Bay

Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 10, 2008 End Date/Time: Mar 14, 2008
Early Registration Date: Feb 09, 2008
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SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES - DAY 1 - FEVER OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN – Pathogenesis of fever and its physiologic importance. Major causes of FUOs. Approach to the initial diagnostic work-up of the patient with an FUO. Normal temperature regulation. THE ALPHABET SOUP OF VIRAL HEPATITIS – The 5 known types of viral hepatitis (A through E). Similarities and differences will be stressed, particularly the risks to develop chronic infection, the complications of chronic infection, and treatment. Recognize hepatitis clinically and interpret hepatitis serologies. Select appropriate patients for new treatment options available to some patients with chronic disease. Specific items covered include: Clinical syndromes of acute and chronic hepatitis; Serologic diagnosis; Complications of chronic hepatitis and newer treatment options. EMERGING AND MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT INFECTIONS – New and emerging infectious diseases. Most prevalent multi-drug resistant infections in the community and in hospitals. Most effective and appropriate treatment strategy for each infection. When specialist referral will result in an improved outcome. UPDATE IN ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY – Pharmacology and antibacterial spectrum of activity of the newer antibiotics. Indications for use of newer agents based on sites of infection and susceptibility patterns and apply the appropriate drug recommendation to key clinical scenarios. Side effects, adverse reactions and drug – drug interactions affiliated with each antibiotic. DAY 2 - INFECTIONS IN THE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED PATIENT – The immunocompromised patient who is at most risk for serious infections due to diabetes, malignancy, and chemotherapy or medications such as the immunomodulators. Spectrum of infectious diseases and factors putting patients at risk in these populations. Atypical presentations of infection in these groups. Treatment and follow up of these infections for each type of at risk patient. APPROACH TO THE PATIENT WITH FEVER AND RASH – Etiology of commonly seen infectious and non-infectious rashes that are associated with fever. Differential diagnosis based upon the type of rash on presentation. Treatment of some common rashes such as meningococcemia, rickettsioses, syphilis, Varicella zoster and the agents of toxic shock syndrome. MENINGITIS: COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Normal CSF parameters. Interpret CSF. Frequently asked questions about meningitis, such as: Use of steroids; who requires a CT scan prior to lumbar puncture and the effects of prior antibiotic treatment of CSF. Approach to aseptic/viral meningitis. CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME – How to diagnose CFS and how to distinguish it from chronic fatigue. History of CFS. How to manage (and how not to mismanage) a patient with CFS. DAY 3 - GASTROENTERITIS – Major pathogenic mechanisms that result in diarrhea. Major pathogens responsible for acute gastroenteritis. Approach in the evaluation of a patient with acute gastroenteritis. Major pathogens responsible for chronic gastroenteritis. Approach in the evaluation of a patient with chronic gastroenteritis. COMMON ISSUES SURROUNDING VECTOR BORNE ILLNESSES IN THE U.S. – Major tick vectors in the United States. Proper removal of a tick. Clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of the major tick borne diseases in the United States: Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and rocky-mountain spotted fever. TUBERCULOSIS UPDATE – How the changing epidemiology of tuberculosis has impacted the incidence of the disease in the US. Manage latent tuberculosis infection, understand how to increase medication adherence. Principles of treatment of TB disease and recognize adverse drug reactions. Multi-drug resistance. BLOODSTREAM INFECTIONS AND INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS – Epidemiology and risk factors for patients presenting to a primary care practice. Diagnosis and management of bloodstream infections and infective endocarditis. Post-infection patient management issues and appropriate prophylaxis measures. DAY 4 - SOFT TISSUE AND BONE INFECTIONS – Approach to making the diagnosis of common skin and soft tissue infections. Common infections to include streptococcal and staphylococcal infections and necrotizing fasciitis, diabetic foot infections, bite wound infections and bone and joint infections. Treatment and management of these commonly seen infections and when specialist referral is indicated. INFLUENZA AND PANDEMIC INFLUENZA – Epidemiology, infection control precautions and other preventive measures related to Influenza infections. Role of influenza vaccine and antiviral therapy as well as supportive measures in the prevention and treatment of influenza. The potential for pandemic influenza. Key issues of Bioemergency preparedness for the primary care practitioner. HEALTH ADVICE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL – Infectious complications associated with global travel. Travel itinerary for potential health risks. Strategies to reduce the risks of traveler’s diarrhea and malaria. Appropriate vaccines and medications. Areas to be covered include: Pre-travel – Immunizations; Malaria prophylaxis; Medications. Travel over – Safe planes and boats. During travel – Safe food and water; Traveler’s diarrhea; HIV and travel; Swimming; Pregnancy and breast feeding. Upon return – Proper evaluation. IMMUNIZATIONS FOR ADULTS – Myths and facts about vaccine administration. Indications, contra-indications, efficacy, and side effects of adult immunizations. Immunizations indicated for different risk groups such as health care workers. DAY 5 - WHAT EVERY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIV – Present epidemiology of HIV. Prognosis for a newly infected person. Major viral and host factors that determine present approach to management. Risks to health care workers and the management of an exposed health care worker. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES – The present epidemiology of STDs in this country. Differential diagnosis for the following STD syndromes: Urethral discharge and dysuria; Vaginal discharge/ vaginitis; Genital ulceration. Diagnosis and management of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Sexual transmission of “non-traditional STDs” such as hepatitis B, and cystitis in women. How to properly use a condom to properly educate patients. COMMUNITY ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA – Epidemiology of community acquired pneumonia. Clinical manifestations and likely pathogens in specific patient populations. Differential diagnosis and specific management when you make the diagnosis of community acquired pneumonia. Rising incidence of resistance and alternative therapies when indicated. ACUTE PHARYNGITIS – Various etiologies to consider and a differential diagnosis when approaching an adult with acute pharyngitis. Features and predictors that guide diagnostic testing of acute pharyngitis. Best courses of treatment and overall management.


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Physician Fees $725.00 Regular Registration (30 days prior to seminar start date) $775.00 Late Registration Non Physician/Resident* Fees $625.00 Regular Registration (30 days prior to seminar start date) $675.00 Late Registration