Because the 2020 National PA Week falls during a pandemic, it is especially significant. This year, PAs across the country have chosen to join together during National PA Week to remind the public how important vaccinations are and to encourage everyone to get a flu shot.
The confluence of COVID-19 with flu season in communities where both viruses are circulating presents significant challenges with diagnosis especially. While there has been substantial interest in the ability to diagnose COVID-19 based on symptoms, not all symptoms have been described or are well understood.
Administering antimicrobial therapy is essential for treating the underlying infections that cause sepsis, but the protocols for doing so can, at times, clash with antimicrobial stewardship guidelines.
Barb Hammond, a microbiologist at bioMérieux who has been with the company for more than 30 years, loves being outdoors, spending time with her family, and training her golden retriever in competitive dog sports. But last year, Barb’s usual routine came to screeching halt when she became septic after a surgical procedure.