Point-of-care testing to reduce antibiotic overuse in respiratory infections Estimated time for completion: 30 minutes

This module covers strategies to reduce antibiotic overuse through adoption of C-reactive protein (CRP) point-of-care testing (POCT), especially in relation to pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It also provides details of a European Commission audit, which aimed to strengthen surveillance of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in primary healthcare and develop intervention programmes to change habits towards use of antimicrobial agents via provision of POCT.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses and coordinators working in emergency medicine

Learning Goals
  • Learn about strategies to reduce antibiotic overuse
  • Understand key findings from several European studies on CRP POCT
  • Explain the role of CRP in the prediction of pneumonia
  • Understand the impact of CRP POCT on antibiotic prescribing
  • Learn about CRP POCT in relation to COPD
  • Review details of the European Commission audit relating to RTIs and POCT