A Race Against Time:

The Challenge of Sepsis for Clinicians and Laboratorians

Tuesday, August 6
7-8:30 a.m.
Hilton Anaheim, Pacific AB Room

Register Today

Please note that registration for this event is separate from registration for the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. Limited seating is available and complimentary breakfast will be provided.

Session Description

Sepsis is life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. It is estimated that this condition affects approximately 30 million people worldwide every year and carries a 25-30% mortality rate. Sepsis is also costly to healthcare organizations, with more than $24 billion dollars spent on it annually in the United States alone. Early detection and diagnosis are key to stopping the progression of sepsis.

Join us for this educational event at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting to hear from a panel of experts about the diagnosis and treatment of this deadly condition.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe the healthcare burden of sepsis
  • Summarize the clinical guidelines used in establishing a sepsis protocol
  • Discuss the roles of various stakeholders in the diagnosis and management of sepsis
  • Discuss sepsis biomarkers and antibiotic stewardship


Jeannine Holden, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Brea, CA


David Huang, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science
Director, MACRO (Multidisciplinary Acute Care Research Organization)
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Sepsis clinical presentation, current challenges in clinical assessment
  • Current sepsis protocol
  • Emerging diagnostic technology

Octavia Peck-Palmer, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Pathology, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director, Automated Testing Laboratories, UPMC Presbyterian, Shadyside, and Children's Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

  • How the lab supports sepsis protocol in your medical institution
  • Key elements/components for managing the protocol
  • Lab tests to support sepsis management (lactate, procalcitonin, etc.)

Barbara Zimmer, PhD
Principal Scientist, Scientific Affairs
Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

  • Sepsis and antibiotic stewardship

ACCENT® Accreditation

AACC designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 ACCENT® credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist’s Recognition Award. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education (CE) for clinical laboratory scientists licensed in states that require documentation of CE, including California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. ACCENT® credit is also recognized by several organizations: AAB, ABCC, ACS, AMT, ASCLS, ASCP, ASM, CAP, IFCC, and NRCC.

Supported By

Beckman Coulter

This event was developed in partnership with AACC and on behalf of Beckman Coulter, Inc.