Level of instruction: Intermediate
Target audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, and MLS students. This course may also be of interest to other health care professionals who are involved in diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.
Author information: Lynne Brodeur, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM holds a master of arts degree in teaching. She is currently a full time lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and works per diem in Clinical Chemistry at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, MA.
Reviewer information: DeRhonda Crawford, MT(ASCP) is the chemistry supervisor at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia and the technical supervisor for the Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth, Georgia. She holds a BS in Medical Technology from the Medical College of Georgia.
Content information: This course discusses sepsis and the laboratory tests that are used to detect and intervene in its progression to severe sepsis and septic shock. The usefulness and limitations of C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, and lactic acid concentration are covered in the course. Novel biomarkers that may prove useful as methods for early detection of severe sepsis in the near future are also discussed.