The traditional paradigm in continuing education is to attend a live meeting, complete an on-line course or attend grand rounds. The drawback is that in most cases, the healthcare team that works together on a daily basis does not attend together. The TEAM Kit™ is an accredited team activity consisting of a presentation, facilitation instructions and all administrative forms that allow a clinic or hospital to use the activity for team learning and award of continuing education credit for physician, nurse and pharmacist participants.
This one-hour activity can take place in one of two ways:
A qualified healthcare provider will be able to download an accredited presentation and lead a one-hour activity with a live presentation.
If a group does not have a provider that is qualified to present the program, they can designate an on-site administrator and they can view the on-line activity as a group, receiving credit for their completion of the activity.
The activity, based upon presentation excerpts by experts in the field, will address the shifting focus on the interaction between the “bug and the drug” in the approach to treatment of severe infections. While the names of the bugs have not changed, what has changed dramatically is the phenotypic profile, decreasing the potential options for the management of serious infections of both Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogens.
However, the bug-drug approach by itself misses the key role of the host. Without an appreciation of the host’s role in the response to both the infection and the antibiotic, the complexity of the scenario is missed. How the host metabolizes a drug, how the drug penetrates into target tissues, and how host factors such as co-morbidities, weight, age, concomitant diseases, medical or surgical interventions as well as consideration of the adverse event/safety profile of an agent may impact treatment choices.