Is testing for ESBL Production Necessary? A Pro/Con Debate with Dr. Erin McCreary, Dr. Pranita Tamma, and Dr. Jim Lewis


UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences (CCEHS), Infectious Disease Connect, and MAD-ID present a free 1-hour interactive continuing education program focusing on if testing for ESBL production is necessary.

Goal: This activity will impact the interprofessional healthcare team by educating clinicians on this topic that is not well understood by the general healthcare population, and is often extensively discussed/debated, and managed by infectious diseases specialists. This session will highlight the importance of how to recognize an ESBL-producing organism, define generally accepted treatment options based on the type of infection, and present clinical scenarios where there is still controversy based on the available scientific evidence.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss pros of testing for ESBL production in ceftriaxone-non-susceptible Enterobacterales

2. Describe cons of testing for ESBL production in ceftriaxone-non-susceptible Enterobacterales

3. Determine how microbiology laboratories and antimicrobial stewardship teams can collaborate to improve care of patients with multidrug-resistant infections

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