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The Hospital Quality Foundation, CMEsolutions and CE Symmetry are pleased to release this accredited CME/CE activity focusing on Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSI) presented in four episodes, each with their own accreditation. 

Charles V. Pollack, MD from the Pennsylvania Hospital and David A. Talan, MD, from the UCLA School of Medicine serve as our expert faculty and discuss the changing epidemiology of ABSSSI presenting in US emergency departments today. The faculty also examine the new definition and classification of SSSIs as developed by the US FDA and discuss current and novel antimicrobials available to combat the rising challenge of MRSA in the US. Diagnostic techniques, risk stratification of patients and suggested therapeutic approaches are presented in detail as Drs. Pollack and Talan share their experience with ABSSSI in the emergency department setting. 

In today's clinical and reimbursement environment, the issue of re-hospitalization is a major driver in the decision process for managing ABSSSI. Drs. Pollack and Talan provide advice on admitting a patient or having the patient go to the observation unit, receive appropriate therapy and then be released to the outpatient setting. 

Although the content is presented in 4 modules with each containing a high definition video of approximately 15 minutes each, ACPE and ANCC accreditation will be issued based on the completion of Modules 1&2 and then Modules 3&4. These two combinations will be accredited at the minimum amount of 0.50 hours allowed by the ACPE and ANCC.

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