The Role of Lactate in the Risk Assessment of Morbidity and Mortality
Monet Sayegh M.D., M.S., B.S., M.T. (ASCP), S.H., C.L.S.
Medical Consultant/Senior Clinical Disease State Specialist
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
The value of measuring lactate levels is expanding. Though generally considered a nonspecific biomarker, knowing lactate levels early in a patient’s presentation can provide valuable information to help guide patient assessment and treatment. It can be particularly useful in ICU and ED settings where the presentation of symptoms may be inconclusive while diseases progress rapidly with severe pathology, lactate testing can open a critical window for early intervention when treatment is most likely to be successful.
This webinar provides a framework for understanding lactate and the role it can play as a prognostic indicator for morbidity and mortality. It examines several disease states where lactate testing can add significant clinical value, reviews the urgency associated with assessing lactate levels, and discusses how to test for it. Special attention is given to the growing problem of sepsis where traditional physiological or lab values don’t address the need for early detection. Evidence-based guidelines for managing severe sepsis and septic shock, that have been shown to improve outcomes, are provided.
At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees should be able to:
- Understand lactate’s role as a prognostic indicator for morbidity and mortality
- Identify disease states where lactate testing can add significant clinical value
- Understand the differences between the systemic inflammatory response (SIRS) and sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock
- Understand the urgency associated with assessing lactate levels, and how to test for it
This program has been designated for 1.0 PACE continuing education credit.
Not all participants may be eligible to receive free PACE credits. Please refer to your institution’s guidelines to determine your eligibility
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