Changing the Paradigm of Patient Care with New Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Technologies

Changing the Paradigm of Patient Care with New Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Technologies

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Date: November 7, 2023

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET / 8:00 - 9:00 am PT

Bloodstream infection is a medical emergency that necessitates promptly administering appropriate antibiotics. The current laboratory procedure for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) involves a subculture of organisms from positive blood bottles, followed by a legacy AST system testing or disk diffusion method. New rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing (rAST) technologies have been developed in recent years that eliminate the subculture step, preparing the samples directly from positive blood cultures, effectively reducing the time-to-result by several hours to one day. In this sponsored webinar, the presenters will discuss the importance of rAST and the clinical and financial benefits of rAST for blood cultures and septic patients, the necessity to use the current breakpoints to report MIC results, as well as the clinical evaluation results from the Selux Direct Positive Blood Culture AST system.

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Webinar Supporter: 

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by Selux Diagnostics for this webinar. 


James Lewis, PharmD

Infectious Disease Pharmacist

Oregon Health and Science University

James Lewis, PharmD, is the Clinical Supervisor for Infectious Disease at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). His responsibilities include co-directing the OHSU antibiotic stewardship program and serving as the infectious diseases clinical pharmacist for OHSU. He is the co-chair of the antibiotic subcommittee of the Clinical Knowledge and Therapeutics Executive Committee (formerly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee) and also serves as the PGY-1 &2 ID rotation preceptor. Dr. Lewis’ professional interests are antibiotic susceptibility testing, antibiotic/antifungal utilization, and the optimal integration of rapid microbiology diagnostics in antibiotic stewardship. Dr. Lewis also currently serves as the co-chair of the breakpoint working group of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute and is a member of the editorial board for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Thomas Kirn, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology and Medicine

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Thomas Kirn, MD, PhD, FACP, D(ABMM), received his MD and PhD degrees in Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and then trained in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with board certification in Clinical Pathology and Medical and Public Health Microbiology. Dr. Kirn currently serves as the Director of Infectious Disease Diagnostics and Molecular Pathology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). He is also the Medical Director of the New Jersey Public Health Laboratory. His present research interests include evaluation of the impact of infectious disease diagnostics on clinical outcomes, laboratory stewardship, molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance.

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