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Testing procalcitonin in bacterial infection

Testing procalcitonin in bacterial infection

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Time to Complete

0.5 hours


July 30, 2015


September 7, 2018

Programme Description

The article by Dr Rajiv Ghurye examines the use of testing for raised procalcitonin in response to infection by bacteria, fungi and malaria parasites. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include differentiating acute gout, cellulitis and DVT, and differentiating viral exacerbation of asthma or COPD from bacterial exacerbation.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article the healthcare professional will be better able to:
  • Understand the possible use of a PCT test
  • List some example scenarios where a PCT may be of use 
  • Interpret high and low PCT levels
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Rajiv Ghurye
    Isle of Wight
    United Kingdom

    Test author
    Dr Ravi Ramanathan
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time.


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    • A computer with an internet connection
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