Acute Bacterial Meningitis
Isabel Porto, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist for Pediatrics
Children's Hospital University of Illinois
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
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Dr. Porto has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this activity.
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Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)
Type of Activity: Knowledge
This accredited activity is targeted to pharmacists. Estimated time to complete this activity is 120 minutes.
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To review common etiologies of bacterial meningitis in different age groups and discuss appropriate selection of empiric antimicrobial therapy, available preventive vaccines, and chemoprophylaxis.
After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Identify common signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis.
- List the most common organisms responsible for bacterial meningitis according to age group and specific risk factors.
- Select the appropriate initial empiric antibiotic regimen targeting the most likely organism.
- Discuss the role of dexamethasone as adjunctive treatment for bacterial meningitis.
- Describe preventive measures used to protect vulnerable populations against common bacterial meningitis pathogens.
*Also applies to pharmacy technicians