GE Sponsored Webinar: Can We Help 'Solve' Sepsis Together? Antibiotic Resistance & Appropriate Use: Protecting Patients

Webinar Description:  

Part of GE Healthcare's "Can We Help 'Solve' Sepsis Together?" webinar series

Antibiotic resistance continues to be a topic of major concern for healthcare teams. This webinar will discuss the importance of reducing HAIs and drug-resistant bacteria, will outline challenges in diagnosing and treating bacterial infections, and will include some pre-recorded insights from Dr. Septimus. Reasons and impacts of inappropriate antibiotic use will be reviewed, and the CDC's 7 core elements to improve antibiotic usage will be discussed. Finally, the relationship between stewardship and sepsis will be presented.

This course was originally recorded on 1/29/2020.

Target Audience

All healthcare providers

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Restate the importance of reducing HAIs and drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Identify challenges in diagnosing and treating bacterial infections.
  • List the CDC 7 core elements for improving antibiotic use.
  • Recall impacts of inappropriate antibiotic use.


Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by GE Healthcare for this webinar.

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Bryan R. Cobb, PhD, FACMG

Program Partner Lead, Roche Diagnostics Information Solutions

Bryan Cobb is the Partner Lead for the GE Healthcare - Roche partnership program in Acute Care. With GE Healthcare’s in vivo patient monitoring and Roche’s in vitro diagnostics expertise, the team is developing novel digital CDS tools, AI-derived cognitive agents, and predictive analytics that aim to help clinicians identify patient deterioration sooner while improving cognitive burden, patient outcomes, but most importantly, save lives. 
Dr. Cobb obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed an American Board of Medical Genetics post-doctoral fellowship at NIH (National Human Genome Research Institute). He is a board-certified diplomat of the American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics.  
He has held several roles at Roche, including Head of Medical Affairs for RMS, Director for RDC’s Molecular Centers of Excellence, and has over 15 years of experience in diagnostics.  He has published in key scientific journals, is a scientific reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and has served on several international scientific committees and working groups. 

Edward J. Septimus, MD, FACP, FSHEA

Professor, Internal Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine

Edward J. Septimus, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, is Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Professor of Internal Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also Professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the George Mason University School of Public Health. His practice interests include patient safety, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship and resistance, public health including vaccine preventable diseases, sepsis, medical informatics, clinical integration, and human factors engineering. Dr. Septimus has lectured nationally and internationally on surviving sepsis, reduction of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial stewardship, influenza, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the economic case for quality, and employee health. He is Past President of the Texas Infectious Diseases Society and has served on the Board of Directors of the IDSA. He is on the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, the SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and the IDSA Quality Measurement Committee. In 2011 he was appointed to the Healthcare-Associated Infections/Preventable Adverse Events Advisory Panel for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Dr. Septimus is also a member of the FDA Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Group and is co-chair of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Patient Safety Steering Committee.

Tom Zimmerman

Director of Acute Care Commercial Marketing, GE Healthcare

Tom moderates the GE webinars. He is the co-author of "Technical Marketing Communications," a college textbook on strategy and tactics. 

No continuing education is offered for this sponsored webinar.

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