Dr. Pandya reviews the relationship between fever and infection, including fever classifications, various fever patterns, fever severity, and fevers associated with specific conditions.
Dr. Oehler discusses the process for evaluating a patient with a positive blood culture, from the time the blood culture is ordered to when management decisions must be made. Some important concepts discussed include distinguishing true versus contaminant blood cultures, the importance of collection technique, risk factors for bacteremia, and antibiotic treatment strategies.
Dr Antoneh Addisu describes the history and taxonomy of Bartonella species, including basic microbiology of this important organism. He differentiates between the major syndromes caused by Bartonella organisms and associates them with specific species. Diagnostic considerations are also discussed. A more obscure manifestation of Bartonella infection is culture negative endocarditis, which is also reviewed. Lastly, the speaker discusses therapy for Bartonella infections.
Dr. Maria L Alcaide, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, presents an update on sexually transmitted diseases with a emphasis on the state of Florida. She focuses on recent epidemiology, specific syndromes including syphilis, urethritis and the genital ulcer diseases, as well as HIV-STD interactions.