Department of Critical Care

PCT Treatment Guidelines

Proposed protocol for use of PCT values to determine antibiotic treatment for Sepsis in Intensive Care Settings

* PCT testing will only be conducted on blood samples already drawn for routine clinical care.
* No additional blood samples will be collected for this project.
* All final treatment decisions will be made by the ICU treating physicians based on best clinical judgement.

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